Porsche driver Kevin Weeks has been declared winner of the 2008 Classic Adelaide tarmac rally after an appeal hearing last night.

The ruling of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Tribunal resulted in Weeks and co-driver Bec Crunkhorn winning the event by 7.3 seconds, reversing the original provisional result that had given a 2.8 sec. victory to fellow Porsche crew Bill Pye and Grant Geelan when the rally finished on 23 November.

Weeks had appealed against a CAMS stewards’ decision to dismiss his post-event protest over the calculation of a so-called “derived” time, which was awarded instead of an actual time for a competitive stage on which he stopped to assist another competitor.

The appeal challenged the basis on which event officials calculated the derived time, which was done to an established formula using the computer scoring system.

The CAMS Tribunal quashed the original derived time and gave Weeks a new time, which resulted in him being placed first.

The tribunal ordered event organisers to declare Weeks and Crunkhorn the winners and the revised result has been posted on the official event website.

All other rally results remain unchanged, with Jim Richards and Barry Oliver still placed third in their Porsche.

Weeks and Crunkhorn, also winners of the 2007 rally, had led throughout most of this year’s four-day event.

The 2008 Classic Adelaide welcomed more than 220 crews and cars from Britain, Hong Kong, the United States and throughout Australia.

The 2009 event is scheduled for 18-22 November and will be the final round of the inaugural Australian Classic Tarmac Rally Championship for pre-1982 cars.

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