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If there's an award for perseverance in rallying, then Myrtleford driver Jason Lennane would be right in the running for it. Driving a Proton Satria in the 2019 ARC, Lennane claimed third place in the 2WD championship, despite a run of hits and misses over the season. Lennane has shown plenty of speed behind the wheel, but the fragility of the little Proton has regularly let him down. Doing all the work on the car in his garage, the Myrtleford concreter devotes much of his life to rallying. He was set to contest Rally Australia last November, but when the event was cancelled due to bushfires, he transferred his entry to the Alpine Rally.
As luck would have it, he retired from the rally on the second day when the Proton's windscreen wipers failed and he couldn't see the road ahead of him!
It was an ironic end to an up and down season. That he finished third in the ARC 2WD series was as much surprising as it was a reward for determination. For 2020, Lennane will return to the ARC, initially driving the Proton, but then switching to a newly built Honda Civic Type R for round three. It's a car that it is hoped will provide more reliability, and even better results. "I'll have Amanda Ramia sitting next to me we are hoping we can finish all events, which should give us Australian 2WD championship," Lennane said. If all goes to plan, they also hope to contest South Australia's Rally of the Heartland in May.
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