The township of Avoca and the Pyrenees ranges have provided the backdrop for a hotly contested 3rd round of the Victorian Rally Championship at the 52nd George Derrick Memorial Rally.

On a cool, overcast day, hardy officials after spending up to 14 hours in the forest, saw Nathan Reeves and Scott Speeding take out heat 1 but concede the 2nd heat to Jesse Robison and Adam Wright.

Reeves and Spedding, after a brief visit to the vines of a local winery, managed the outright win by a mere 12 seconds despite having brake dramas and that off road excursion on the final stage of the event. Warren Lee and David Leathlean recorded a lower than expected 6th place in the 1st heat but fought back with a much stronger 3rd in heat 2 to salvage 3rd place overall.

The Victorian Two-wheel drive Championship was also a close result with Brian Semmens/Dan Parry and Alan Friend/Robin Smalley sharing a heat win before Semmens and Parry took out the overall event result.

Young charger Steven Mackenzie, with experienced co-driver Jason Hague on-board, continues to impress in the Victorian Excel series taking 1st outright after winning both heats, sneaking into the top 10 in heat 2.  Tony Moore/Nikki Moore were 2nd followed by Gerard Blum/Chris Bolton in 3rd.

The VCRS was no less exciting and just as keenly contested with Simon and Ian Ellis taking the event win from Steve Porter/Leigh Garrioch in 2nd and visitors from South Australia Aaron Bowering/Nathan Lowe in 3rd.

CCRMIT would once again like to thank our event support sponsors and local businesses, Redbank Winery, Wimmera Hills Winery and national company Australian Battery House through their Batronic brand and acknowledge the invaluable support of the Pyrenees Shire Council and thank Avoca and its residents for letting the Victorian rallying community take over their main street for the day.

VRC – Outright
1 Nathan Reeves/Scott Spedding     Subaru WRX STi Spec C     1:10:26

2 Jesse Robison/Adam Wright     Subaru Impreza WRX     1:10:38

3 Warren Lee/David Lethlean     Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9     1:12:27

VRC – Two-wheel drive
1 Brian Semmens/Dan Parry         Nissan 200SX RV S12     1:12:56

2 Alan Friend/Robin Smalley     Nissan Silvia RS         1:13:02
3 Brendan Brown/Sam Robison    Datsun 180B SSS         1:17:08

Victorian Excel Series
1 Steven Mackenzie/Jason Hague     Hyundai Excel         1:17:20

2 Tony Moore/Nikki Moore         Hyundai Excel X3         1:19:53

3 Gerard Blum/Chris Bolton         Hyundai Excel X3         1:20:03

VCRS – Outright.
1 Simon Ellis/Ian Ellis         Subaru Legacy RS         1:01:39

2 Steve Porter/Leigh Garrioch     Mazda RX7             1:04:33

3 Aaron Bowering/Nathan Lowe     Datsun 200B             1:05:36

These results are provisional only and subject to final confirmation.

Watch the video of Nathan Reeves and Scott Speeding in action below.


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