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A steady run on the opening leg of the 2007 Aeromil Pacific Classic Adelaide Rally has seen the Team Racetune Services Ford Mk 1 Escort of Reg Marratt and Matthew Woods finish the day 15th in the Classic Competition Section and 1st in Class 4C3B.

The first real day of competition following yesterday’s Prologue in Victoria Park took the crews into the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley for the lunch break at Peter Lehmann Winery.  A total of seven closed road competition special stages were run in Leg 1.

“We didn’t quite get ‘into the groove’ until we had done several stages today,” explained driver and team owner Reg Marratt.  “Once we had completed a few we set some reasonable times and we ‘cleaned’ SS5 Checker Hill, so we can’t be doing too badly!”

The team accrued 3 minutes 17.2 seconds in road penalties on Leg 1 compared to the time of 1 minute 32.3 seconds for Classic Competition leaders Rick Bates and Jenny Brittan in a 1973 Porsche 911. 

Class 4C3B rivals Rob and Ben Van Wegen (1968 BMW 2002) sit 27th in Classic Competition and 2nd in class on 3 minutes 58.5 seconds, with the 1970 Alfa Romeo 105 of Angus Sobels and Chris Morrison 3rd in class and 41st in Classic Competition on 6 minutes 16.8 seconds.

The Team Racetune Services Motorsport Escort is attracting plenty of attention both on the stages and at the tea breaks and lunch stops with its CanTeen logos and associated brightly coloured stars and shapes.

The service crew will be at the tea breaks and lunch stops along the rally route selling Bandanas and collecting donations on behalf of CanTeen in support of Young People Living with Cancer.  The team will also be at the Gouger Street Party from 7PM on Friday November 23rd.  Look out for their distinctive blue and black Team Racetune shirts.

For additional information about CanTeen please go to www.canteen.org.au

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