Wilkins dominates at Volksmuller Rallysprint
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Wilkins dominates at Volksmuller Rallysprint

Tim Wilkins Evo 7
Tim Wilkins dominated the Volksmuller Rallysprint in his Lancer Evo 7. Photos: Jack Martin

Sunday, May 20th saw a full field of over 60 cars start the Volksmuller Rallysprint, held at the Sydney International Dragway in Western Sydney.

Current MTA NSW Rally Championship leader Tim Wilkins dominated the event in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7, winning every stage with co-driver Chloe Waghorn calling the notes.

The course, shorter than in previous years due to other events running at the venue, was all gravel with a few other modifications from previous years, including a tricky hairpin and natural chicane on the back straight.

The times were very tight at the top of the leader-board with only 10ths of seconds separating the top 4WD class rally cars.

JJ Hatton in the J-Sport Lancer Evo 9 was pushing the car hard, despite claiming he was only at the event for a bit of fun.  He was entertaining the large crowd with his sideways driving style and with consistent times came home in 2ndoutright.

The O'Hagan / Kelly Escort on three wheels during Sunday's rallysprint.

The O’Hagan / Kelly Escort on three wheels during Sunday’s rallysprint.

A standout performance from Tom Ryan in yet another Lancer EVO would round out the top spots on the podium.  The rallyschool.com.au driver didn’t back off throughout the day and showed some great skill finishing a number of runs over the course in 2ndoutright, equalling JJ Hatton’s times.

On his last run over the course, he would clip a tree, slightly damaging the car, but was happy with a 3rdoutright position.

Other standout performances would come from Jake Bramble driving the same rallyschool car as Ryan, he finished in 4thoutright. But the standout drive of the day would be 14 year old Taylor Gill in a Subaru WRX.

Despite his young age and limited experience, he showed great skill piloting the car into 11thoutright and 9thin class. Gill will be a driver to watch in future years.

Jack Monkhouse

Jack Monkhouse and his Datsun 180B had a good battle with Neal Bates’ Celica.

In the 2WD competition, it was a battle between former Australian Champion Neal Bates in a Toyota Celica RA40 and former Alpine Rally Champion Jack Monkhouse in a Datsun 180B.

Some exciting sideways action and plenty of air over the big jump from both drivers would ultimately see Neal Bates come out on top winning the 2WD trophy.

The Rallysprint was a fantastic opportunity to see both modern and classic rally in a family friendly environment.

Organiser Brett Middleton thanking competitors for putting on a great show and supporting rallying in the Sydney suburbs.

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Final results:

1          Timothy Wilkins/Chloe Waghorn         Mitsubishi Evo 7

2          JJ Hatton Nathan/Long Hatton           Mitsubishi Evo 9

3          Tom Ryan/Nick Ryan                         Mitsubishi Evo 6

4          Jake Bramble/Nick Ryan                    Mitsubishi Evo 6

5          Tim Joass/Fiona Sparkes                  Mitsubishi Evo 2

6          Chris Jaques/Kate Jaques                 Mitsubishi Evo 9

7          Brent Money/Mitchell Money              Mitsubishi Evo 2

8          Neal Bates/Coral Taylor                     Toyota Celica RA40

9          Joe Chapman David Catt                   Subaru WRX

10        Jack Monkhouse/Rae Waterhouse    Datsun 180B SSS

11        Taylor Gill/Dallas Gill                           Subaru WRX

Story: John McCredie

This article is a press release supplied to RallySport Magazine from an event, team, or media outlet.

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