There’s a lot to be said for organised events and races but sometimes it’s fun to just cruise around on a lazy Sunday and see what you find. With my own Fiat X1/9 project finally hitting the roads after seven long years in the shed, I used the vague excuse of the media briefing and scruitineering for the upcoming Scouts Rally SA Australian Rally Championship round (happening this weekend) as a way point and took the X1/9 for a drive.
It’s not uncommon to see a few Porsche’s in the hills on a pleasant Sunday but after about the sixth in a row I figured something must be up, so I followed them just down the road to Longview Vineyard in Macclesfield.
When it comes to Porsche it’s usually that trademark classic style that steals my heart, and even though this left hand drive 912 was definitely a looker there was something else that stopped me dead on this occasion…
Eli Evans and Glen Weston have maintained their dominance in the 2WD Australian Rally Championship to claim victory at Scouts Rally SA in their G2 spec Honda Jazz. Despite a strong push from local hero Jack Monkhouse, Evans held on to extend his lead in the 2WD national championship.
The experienced husband and wife pairing of Simon and Sue Evans cruised to second place in the debut outing for the new Rallyschool Mazda 2. The car showed exceptional pace throughout the event and was a serious challenger to the Jazz of Simon’s brother, Eli. This really is a remarkable effort because despite its looks, the Mazda isn’t actually a factory backed car – it was developed and built by Mick Ryan and the privateer team at Rallyschool. For it to be up challenging for an outright win in its first event speaks volumes of the thought and skill that went into its preparation.
Third place was earned by the second Jazz G2 of Mark Pedder and Claire Ryan, which was a momentous occasion for two reasons. The first is that this was Claire’s first ARC podium, and the second is that this is the first time that the entire podium was taken by cars from the new G2 class. Continue reading →
For Sunday of ROSA I made a challenging pilgrimage along with another couple of photographers to the spoon drain at the start of the 8 Ways stage, SS9. It was a very difficult section of road that competitors either treated very gently or right on the edge. There were a few close calls and the odd roo hopping around the place to spice things up. Other images come from Mt Pleasant service, SS14 Mt Crawford 2 and the podium presentation.
I was really looking forward to getting out for RallySA, and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was fine, the early starts meant I had the true privilege of witnessing a spectacular sunrise from a deserted country road in the Barossa Valley and driving the dirt roads to get to the stages was a joy. Saturdays photos come from SS1 Tweeden 1, SS5 Mawsons Row and SS8 Mt Crawford 1.