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It was a battle of the Evos for bragging rights in the 2014 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship with Melbourne driver, Danny Traverso coming home triumphant.
 

The final round of the three-part series was the Snowy River Sprint over the weekend of December 6-7, run between the eastern Victorian towns of Buchan and Orbost and headquartered at Lakes Entrance.
 
Danny Traverso (R) and Bernie Webb won the Snowy River Sprint.Traverso and Canberra-based professional co-driver Bernie Webb (2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) took the honours in the final round to clinch the title ahead of Queensland’s Clinton Arentz and dual Australian rally champion co-driver Dale Moscatt of Sydney. Arentz and Moscatt fought hard all weekend but were forced to settle for second in both the round and the championship, with their 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
 
In third place for the event were Melbourne’s Paul Dowie and Nicole Bryan in their 2001 Mitsubishi Evo VII while third place outright in the title chase went to Queensland’s Tim Hendy and Julie Winton-Monet (1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R), despite them not contesting this event.
 
Day One (Saturday, December 6) was mainly dry with a touch of drizzle but Day two had competitors nervous as they left Lakes Entrance after a night of torrential rain. However, it soon became obvious the Buchan area had not been subject to the same drenching and leading contenders had no real difficulties on the road due to the overnight weather.
 
With the support of the East Gippsland Shire Council, competitors tackled the tarmac back road between Buchan and Orbost, which was closed to the public during competition.
 
Broken down into 20 individual special stages timed against the clock, the route gave entrants a total of 300km of competition across the weekend, challenging them with fast-flowing stretches interspersed with plenty of twists and turns, all set against a backdrop of the forests and farmlands of Snowy River country.
 
The local council is delighted with the boost the event brings to the region and deputy mayor Councillor Michael Freshwater announced during the award presentations that council is committed to its sponsorship for another two years.
 
Run by the Mountain Motorsports’ group, the Snowy River Sprint was open to modern (modified), classic (pre-1982) and showroom spec vehicles which met full tarmac rally specifications. Trophies were on offer for all individual categories as well as for outright results. For those who were not ready for full competition but wanted to try their hand at the stages under controlled conditions, there was a touring category on offer.
 
The weekend wasn’t just about fun. During a welcome function on Saturday night, competitors dug deep into their pockets to raise nearly $4000 for Chaplaincy Australia’s work in suicide prevention education.
 
This year’s championship was made up of three events; next year’s will include four events, with competition and touring categories available for all four. More details available on the website www.australiantarmacrally.com/
 
2014 Snowy River Sprint results
 
Classic: Robin Lowe / Peter Lowe – 1971 Datsun 240Z
Modern 2WD: Charlie Nott / Roger Harrison – 1998 TVR Chimaera
Showroom 4WD: Clinton Arentz / Dale Moscatt – 2009 Mitsubishi Evo X
Outright: Danny Traverso / Bernie Webb – 2005 Mitsubishi Evo IX
 
2014 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship results
 
Classic: Robin Lowe / Peter Lowe – 1971 Datsun 240Z
Modern 2WD: Charlie Nott / Roger Harrison – 1998 TVR Chimaera
Showroom: Clinton Arentz / Dale Moscatt – 2009 Mitsubishi Evo X
Outright: Danny Traverso / Bernie Webb – 2005 Mitsubishi Evo IX

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