Rex takes fifth Classic victory
- 19th November 2006, 6:41pm
Porsche pilot Rex Broadbent has taken victory in the 2006 Classic Adelaide today after dominating the rally from the start of prologue on Wednesday giving him a 100 percent success rate making it five wins from five starts in the classic rally.
Broadbent in his 1974 Porsche 911 RS finished 19 seconds ahead of Nick Streckeisen in his 1989 944 Turbo Cup with Jim Richards a close third just three seconds behind.
“Before the start of the rally I didn’t think we could make it five in a row, I just went out there to enjoy myself and be smooth through all the stages,” said Rex Broadbent.
“It was really a conservation game today, making sure we preserved our lead and we just stroked the car along for most of the day,” he added.
Bringing home the silver in second position was local South Australian Nick Streckeisen in his Porsche 944 Turbo Cup. Streckeisen has been the surprise performer throughout the rally making his claim for second position with some fast times through the special stages of the last two days of competition.
“Its incredible, to have finished in front of Jim (Richards) its absolutely amazing, particularly driving the same type of car as him,” said Nick Streckeisen.
“The secret was just to go out and drive our own race and enjoy ourselves, this event is just a real joy to compete in,” added Streckeisen.
Finishing third in his Porsche 944 Turbo Cup was seven times Bathurst 1000 winner, Gentlemen Jim Richards. In yet another consistent performance, Richards had been fighting with leader Rex Broadbent for the majority of the five-day event and only in the final stages of the event was edged out of second by a fast finishing Nick Streckeisen.
“There was nothing in it in the end, we only finished three seconds behind Nick (Streckeisen),” said Jim.
“We really had nothing left in the end and our tyres had no tread left on them by the end of the day, “he added.
“I just have to congratulate Rex and Nick, they did a fantastic job and were really on the pace it was a tough but very satisfying rally,” he said.
As well as the outright winners in the late classic competition class, other class winners included, Ray Jones in his 1929 Chrysler in the Historic class and Rob Sherrard in his 1967 Ford GT 40 in the Classic class.
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