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Nathan Reeves overcame early turbo problems to win the first round of the Victorian Club Rally Series on Saturday.

With first-time co-driver Rhory Lyle reading the route chart, Reeves won the Rally Bonnie Doon by nearly a minute from the fast Datsun 1600 of Carl Stewart and Dean Price.

Ross and Scott Allan took third place in a Subaru Legacy RS Turbo.

The event was organised by the North Eastern Car Club, under the guidance of Rally Tasmania director, Scott Spedding. As the first event of the year for most, there was a large amount of attrition, with many drivers crashing or suffering mechanical problems.

Retirements included Geoff Portman, whose Commodore blew a diff, and Darryn Snooks, who suffered brake problems in his Datsun Stanza.

CLICK HERE to see John Doutch’s Rally Bonnie Doon photos

Final Results: 

1 Nathan Reeves/Rhory Lyle Subaru Impreza WRX 58:15

2 Carl Stewart(#)/Dean Price(#) Datsun 1600 59:01 

3 Ross Allan(J)/Scott Allan(J) Subaru Legacy 59:43 

4 Warren Lee/David Lethlean Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2 60:03 

5 Steve Kenway/Darren Roberts Subaru WRX STi 60:11

6 Mathew Fenner/Tim Stuchbery Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 60:36 

7 Alan Friend(S)/Robin Smalley(S) Nissan Silvia RS 61:02 

8 Simon Ellis/Ian Ellis Subaru Legacy RS 61:05 

9 Sean Hudgson/Grant Heywood Datsun 1600 62:01 

10 Rowan Woollard/Chris Bolton Datsun 1600 62:10

DNFs included:

Geoff Portman(#)/Steuart Snooks(#) Holden Commodore VH DNF(SS7) Diff

Darryn Snooks(#)/Matt de Vaus(#) Datsun Stanza DNF(L3) Brakes

Matt Swan(#)/Paul Franklin(#) Subaru WRX STi V5 DNF(SS2) Rolled

Brian Shand(S)/David McAdam(S) Mitsubishi Starion DNF(SS1) Off road

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