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Jack Monkhouse and Tom Ryan have put in a faultless performance in the forests surrounding Imbil today to finish at the top of the Classic field leader board at Rally Queensland.

“We had a flat on the first stage of today which kept us on our toes, but other than that we just drove as fast as we could and had a good laugh while doing it!” said Jack today at the final control.

“Neal (Bates) was catching us real quick after he lost some time earlier in the day, so we did a few less scandos and stepped it up a gear to make sure we stayed in front in the Team Datsun Australia Datsun 180B SSS. We are stoked in the result today and it is a great way to say thanks to all the fans out there that are supporting Team Datsun Australia, we’re just guys that love our Datto’s and want to drive them as fast as we can. I also want to say sorry to Ryan for cracking the mint Left Front indicator that he lent me.”

Ryan Smart and John McCarthy had a trouble filled day that started with a sticking throttle, and ending with five broken valve springs and a split brake line in the middle.

“We’re off to the workshop to get her going again for tomorrow, lucky it’s a Datto otherwise I’d be stuffed” Ryan said in the service park today.

“Look, what do you do, this is only the third event we have had in this car, so there are still a few gremlins that are being sorted out. I also want to say thank-you to Neal Bates Motorsport who lent us a brake line to get the car going again, I really look up to Neal and I just love all the guys in the classic field, we are all just really passionate about rallying. We are going to get this engine sorted out and then go out tomorrow, do some skids and show everyone how Datsuns should be driven.”

Mick and Laverene Lasijczuk finished a solid 7th outright and had the “time of their lives” today, their 180B didn’t miss a beat today. “We just need to keep filling the clutch reservoir up after every stage, but that’s easy, no problems for us today, just smiles from ear to ear” said Mick Lasijczuk at the final control today.

There are six stages in the Imbil forests tomorrow including the massive 35km Speedie Contractors stage that will be completed twice.

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