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Queensland privateer, Stewart Reid, has driven his final rally at national championship level – for the time being at least.

The Toyota-driving Reid, one of the ARC’s most enduring drivers, says he can no longer afford to compete at the top level, despite saving for two years to return to the sport in the ex-works Corolla Sportivo.

“Several times I’ve disappeared from the sport, only to return a couple of years later after I’ve saved enough money to compete again,” Reid said at the Rally of Melbourne.

“But it’s one thing being able to afford to compete, and it’s another to be able to compete at the level that I want to. I’m simply not driving at the speed I know that I can drive at, because if I crash the car I’m the one who has to pay for the repair bills.”

Reid finished the first heat of the Rally of Melbourne in seventh place, despite losing two minutes when a rock punctured a left front tyre on the Corolla. On the second day, he slid off the road and out of the event on the first stage.

Reid has previously competed in a number of different cars, ranging from a Group A Toyota Celica GT-Four, and Group N Lancers, Imprezas and Toyotas.

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