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The results for the 27th running of Rally Tasmania are still up in the air as eligibility of the first and second placed cars of Allan Simonsen and Cody Crocker is checked by event Scrutineers.

A protest was lodged by the third placed team of WhiteHot Motorsport after the Les Walkden-prepared cars were blisteringly fast and setting new stage records across the 3-day event. On some stages the two cars were up to a second per kilometre faster.

“I’m just asking the question that everyone else was too scared to ask,” John White, team principle for WhiteHot Motorsport, was heard to say

“If they are eligible then top marks to LWR, and I would consider a change of marques to keep up with the cracking pace they are setting,” he added.

But RallySport Magazine sources in Tasmania say that the teams are totally confident that the cars will be found to be legal.

Many suggested that the Lancer of Simonsen and the Subaru of Crocker were running ‘stroker’ motors, but it is believed that Simonsen’s motor has never been out of the car, and Crocker’s motor was stripped after last year’s Rally of Indonesia and was rebuilt with standard Subaru parts.

The engines from the two cars were sealed after Rally Tasmania, and are now awaiting official checks from CAMS.

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