Three in a row for Eli Evans in ARC
- 27th May 2012, 8:43pm
Jack Monkhouse who set the pace on day one didn't survive the first stage today breaking a right rear suspension joint on his Nissan Sylvia S15, forcing him out of the event and handing the win to Evans.
"It was a typical drama packed Rally Queensland!" said Eli Evans.
"We had a bad start and were down by eight minutes after the second stage after a flat tyre, we tried to change it and the car fell off the jack twice so we lost a lot of valuable time.
"It was unfortunate for Jack (Monkhouse) today but Queensland is a tough event and you have to have the right machinery to get you to the end."
Evans remains confident heading into the Scouts Rally of South Australia but knows the competition will be tough against four-times champion and older brother Simon Evans, who is due to return to the championship next round.
"Three from three is a perfect start but anything can happen," he added.
Michael Boaden totally dominated the Bosch four wheel drive Australian Rally Championship in the second leg of the rally to score his maiden win in a round of the Bosch ARC.
The New South Welshman finished nearly four minutes ahead of Tom Wilde and has taken the championship lead by two points heading to round four in South Australia.
"You can't get much better than this," said Boaden.
"We've won heats before but never won a round outright and it's an awesome feeling to finally have one in the bag - especially after leading the entire rally rather than clinching it on the final stage.
"The last stage was very nerve wracking, I actually eased off a little bit to make sure I got to the end."
Queenslander Stephen Shepheard was looked certain to take a podium position after battling Tom Wilde for second place for the duration of the rally, but misfortune struck with just a few stages remaining when a driveshaft issue brought his Mitsubishi Evo X to a halt, handing third place to Tony Sullens in a Subaru WRX STi.
Despite a monumental effort to get a new car prepared for Queensland following his accident at the Quit Forest Rally, WA's Nic Box found the going tough on his first visit to the Sunshine State, retiring half way through today with a broken right rear suspension.
Meanwhile, multi ARC champion Neal Bates has closed the gap to Classic Rally Challenge leader Jeff David after scoring back-to-back heat wins in the Toyota Celica RA40 this weekend. Bates has cut Davids to 30 points after the Porsche driver suffered an electrical issue with a coil on day one of what was the debut event for his new Porsche 911 this weekend.
The BMW E30 M3 of Cathy Donohue finished the weekend in second place, while Jeff David salvaged third place.
Queenslander Steve MacKenzie won the Rallyschool Australian Junior Rally Challenge in his Ford Fiesta taking the Kumho Future Champions award for his efforts and qualifying for the final of the Challenge in Coffs Harbour in October.
Australian Chris Atkinson claimed an easy win in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship category winning the event by almost four minutes in his Team MRF Skoda S2000 from Scotland's Alistair McRae in a Proton S2000, with NZs Brian Young in his Mitsubishi Evo IX third.
V8 Supercar star Tim Slade was a surprise winner in today's heat of the Side by Side Challenge in his Polaris after suffering problems on day one. Slade showed he was more than a tarmac expert beating home Iain Hughes in another Polaris with CanAm driver Michael Guest in third.
The Bosch Australian Rally Championship enjoys a well earned mid winter break before round four, the Scouts Rally SA in Adelaide on July 28-29.
Bosch Australian Rally Championship Round Three
Brakes Direct International Rally of Queensland
Two Wheel Drive Results
1 Eli Evans/Glen Weston Honda Jazz 2:38:09.1
2 Alan Roe/Ray Farrell Nissan 200SX 2:46:19.6 (+ 8:10.5)
3 Adrian Coppin/Tim Batten Ford Fiesta 2:51:41.3 (+ 13:32.2)
Four Wheel Drive Results
1 Michael Boaden/ Helen Cheers Mitsubishi Evo IX 2:25:33.5
2 Tom Wilde/ Lee Tierney Mitsubishi Evo X 2:29:30.7 (+ 3:57.2)
3 Tony Sullens/ Julia Barkley Subaru WRX Sti 2:32:40.8 (+ 7:07.3)
Classic Rally Challenge Results
1 Neal Bates/ Coral Taylor Toyota Celica
2 Cathy Donohue /Michael Barrett BMW M3 E30
3 Jeff David/Grant Geelan Porsche 911
Bosch Two Wheel Drive Australian Championship point score
1 Eli Evans/Glen Weston Honda Jazz 253
2 Jack Monkhouse Nissan Sylvia S15 156
3 Alan Roe/Ray Farrell Nissan 200SX 115
Bosch Four Wheel Drive Australian Championship point score
1 Michael Boaden/ Helen Cheers Mitsubishi Evo IX 221
2 Tom Wilde/ Lee Tierney Mitsubishi Evo X 219
3 Michael Patton/ Bernie Webb Subaru WRX Sti 134
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