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Porsche has dominated the first full day of competitive stages in the 2006 Classic Adelaide tarmac rally with four time winner Rex Broadbent leading the field in his Porsche 911 RS.

“It’s nice to now you are on the pace, when we started today it was a bit nerve wracking, but now we are relaxed and confident,” said Rex Broadbent.

Hot on the heels of Broadbent was fellow Porsche pilot Jim Richards a further four seconds adrift in his 1988 944 Turbo Cup, followed closely by South Australian Kevin Weeks in his Porsche 911 RS.

“The stages were excellent today and the car feels really nice, we have no complaints at all,” said Jim Richards.

Earlier in the day Queenslander Keith Callinan in his De Tomaso Pantera set a lightning pace taking out the fastest time in the first two special stages. However half way through special stage three Callinan’s rally was cut short when the gearbox of his Pantera let go.

“Mum and Dad are bitterly disappointed, but that’s motor racing as they say and they will definitely be back next year,” said Tim Callinan, fellow competitor and son of Keith Callinan.

Heading into day two of the rally, competitors now look forward to the open sweeping roads of Wickhams Hill, Willunga Hill and the lunch stop at Victor Harbor. First competition car is scheduled to leave the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide’s Victoria Square tomorrow morning at 9am.

The rally will continue to entertain spectators well after the day’s special stages tomorrow with the Gouger Street Party getting under way at 3pm. All Classic Adelaide cars will be parked in the street giving spectators a chance to have a meal at the many cafes and bistros while appreciating some of the world’s finest automobiles.

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