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WA’s Tom Wilde has put in a gutsy effort in round three of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship (ARC), the Scouts Rally SA at the weekend.

Wilde finished fourth overall and remains in third place on the ARC leader board behind rally winner Eli Evans in a Honda Jazz and second-place getter, fellow Renault Clio R3 driver, Scott Pedder.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

Wilde described the competition from Scout’s Rally SA front runners Evans, Pedder and Brendan Reeves in a Mazda 2 as fierce and said the drivers’ experience with the event played an important role in success.

“We just couldn’t commit to the level that they could,” he said.

Wilde, who competed in the event for the first time last year, was caught in his own battle with Nissan Silvia drivers Jack Monkhouse and Will Orders (who had WA’s Toni Feaver in the co-driver seat) and Mark Pedder in a Honda Jazz.

Monkhouse and Orders were both forced out of the event late in Heat Two with engine troubles and Wilde was able to stretch his lead over Mark Pedder by recording some impressive stage times.
Wilde said his strategy for the event was to take no risks. As a result, apart from a spin in Heat One, his rally was incident free.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for fellow West Aussie Nicholas Box who damaged his Nissan 370Z’s radiator when he landed from a jump in Heat One.

“We fixed it up as much as we could,” Box said.

“But after the first stage of Heat Two we decided not to continue because we would have done too much damage.”

While not finishing was disappointing, Box said the upside to such a challenging event which also included gear selection issues, was that he learnt a lot about how to better set up the car’s suspension for the next round of the ARC, the International Rally of Queensland from July 12 -14.

Also representing WA in the ARC field at Scouts Rally SA, co-driver Ben Searcy competed with Victorian Steve MacKenzie in a Ford Fiesta. The pair finished equal seventh and claimed the Rallyschool Australian Junior Challenge victory.

In the 4WD National Rally Series, WA’s Graeme Miles finished sixth in his Subaru WRX while Adrian DiLallo was involved in a high-speed accident in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI. He and co-driver Roger Pedersen (from New South Wales) were both taken to hospital.

Scouts Rally SA was a three-day event over the Barossa, Mount Crawford and Murrayland regions. The headquarters were in Adelaide.
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