Roman Watkins had a clear win in the Tarrawatta Stages, the newest event in the South Australian Rally Championship series, held over the ANZAC Day long weekend.

The 34 year old West Australian and his co-driver, Toni Feaver won the rally with a lead of 36 seconds. The result follows their competitive sixth place in the Quit Forest Rally in April.

The fully pace-noted event comprised 11 special stages held over 126 kilometres of the state’s best rally roads.

“It’s fantastic, and excellent to come away with this win,” said Watkins. “Especially considering that after the first 10km stage, in which we set quickest time by 8 seconds, we experienced complete intercom failure on stage two and watched most of our good work come undone.

“Toni’s quick thinking helped limit the damage with an improvised hand signalling technique. With our intercom fixed at the next service, we set about building up our 36 second winning margin over the remainder of the rally.”

Watkins has now put his Subaru Impreza WRX up for sale.

“We are considering a new car, but nothing has been set in stone yet. It’s a hard decision, given the fact that this old car has done less than six rallies since new and is still competitive, but I feel that it’s a necessary move in order to become more competitive nationally.”

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