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This weekend’s Rally Victoria will decide the 2011 EXEDY Victorian Rally Champions in both Outright and 2WD categories.

Recent storms will see crews heading out into the rain soaked forests east of Melbourne over the next few days, with conditions expected to be ideal by the time the competition starts on Friday afternoon.  

Spectators will be able to see not only the EXEDY VRC crews but also the best drivers in Australia as the round in combined with the final round of the Australian Rally Championship.

Steve Kenway and Lauren Palmer (pictured) in their ’99 Subaru Sti go into the event with just a 2 point lead over Warren Lee and David Lethlean in their Motor Up EVO 9 Lancer.  Lee set out to win the 2011 EXEDY VRC and will need a consistent and quick drive over the weekend.  With Lee being cross entered in the ARC, Kenway will have the advantage being able to know Lee’s times as he heads into each stage to try and stay in front.  

Tristan Penhall and Jolie Middleton in their Subaru WRX will need to finish strongly to maintain 3rd in the Championship ahead of Brian Semmens and Dan Parry.  

The EXEDY Two Wheel Drive Championship is an even tighter affair with rallying newcomers Alan Roe and Ray Farrell in a Nissan 200SX are leading the point’s race by 9 points over Rowan Woollard and Phil Hurle in their Datsun 1600.   Brian Semmens and Dan Parry are currently in third place with Rob Davis and Aidan O’Halloran keeping the pressure on just 15 points back.

The BATRONIC Hyundai Excel Rally Series also wraps up at Rally Victoria with the brother pairing of Steven and Brent Mackenzie having an unassailable lead over Tony and Nikki Moore who will have to fight for their points to stay in front of Andrew Thompson.

Rally Victorian gets underway on Friday afternoon with the first forest spectator point at 2:30pm followed by the Lardner Park Super Special Stage getting underway for the ARC and Classic cars at 6pm.  Saturday will see the cars back in the forest with 3 spectator points and the final Lardner Park Super Special and last stage of the event at 4:20pm before the winners crossing the finish podium at approx. 6:30pm.  

Go to www.rallyvictoria.com.au and click on the Spectators link for full spectator guides and time.

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