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Nathan Reeves and Scott Spedding have opened their account of series points with a solid start, finishing second outright in the first round of the Tasmanian Rally Series, the Styx Valley Rally, last weekend.

However, a one minute penalty for a one second jumped start on SS1 cost them certain victory, with only a five second deficit to 1st place after the penalty was applied.

This gave victory to veteran Tasmanian competitors Lyn Rattray and Lindon Hills in a 2004 Subaru WRX STI.

“Naturally we are disappointed with the penalty, but the rules are the rules.  We believe we did not jump the start, but respect the role and responsibility that control officials and organisers play on these issues,” Spedding said.

“We will cop it on the chin and will now be pushing hard for a better result at the Hellyer Rally in July.”

The Rallyschool.com.au ’05 Subaru WRX Sti performed faultlessly throughout the event, in damp and cold conditions, and the dual use roads held up very well in the conditions.  

“We could not believe the grip that was available,” commented Reeves after the first three stages.  “It looked as though there was a muddy clay surface, but rarely did the car loose grip.  It is very different road conditions to what we are used to in Victoria, which was just as well with higher speeds reached on the roads used.”

The team would like to thank Total Alarm Services, North West Mowers, RallySchool.com.au and Greg Lyle Panel Works and Abrasive Blasting for their support in getting to the event, as well as the service crew.

The Reeves Racing team will now focus on the second round of the TRS, the 2009 Hellyer Rally, based from Burnie on the North West Coast, on July 18.  

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