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Brendan Reeves is one of Australian rallying’s shooting stars. Safely under the wing of Les Walkden and with the rallying world seemingly at his feet, “Brendo” (as he likes to be called) has every reason to feel like all his boyhood dreams have come true.



Mind you, his boyhood is not that far behind him. At 18, he’s only recently got his full driver’s licence, but from watching him behind the wheel, you’d hardly know it.

Last weekend, at the Mt Porepunkah Rallysprint, Reeves drove an RS Impreza – the variety without the turbocharger bolted to the engine. The mountain was hardly the place to battle against turbo cars, yet Reeves didn’t let that bother him. By the end of the event he’d finished third, had only just missed out on second place, and had beaten a multiple Victorian Rally Champion in a Lancer Evo 9 in the process.

Reeves is one of the most happy-go-lucky characters you’re ever likely to meet. Together with his bubbly co-driver, his sister Rhiannon, they should be sponsored by Cottees and be rebranded as “Team Red Cordial”. Their enthusiasm for the sport is contagious, and they really do deserve to go a long, long way in the sport.

Their father, Mike Reeves, is a former state champion and was a super fast driver in his own right, but young Brendo looks set to break all his father’s records – and perhaps before he reaches the age of 25.

As soon as the Mt Porepunkah Rallysprint was over, Brendo was in the car and heading for home, before making use of his newly-acquired truck licence to drive the service vehicle to Forster in NSW for the Australian Rally Championship round this weekend.

After that, it’s back in the truck again and heading south for Burnie, to compete in the tarmac rally being organized by Walkden in Tasmania.

A rally every weekend and a path to rallying stardom seemingly all mapped out. What more could a young driver wish for?

Photo: John Doutch

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