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More Higher Honours for Katherine

More Higher Honours for Katherine

05/10/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 27837556
Well done to our own Kat Outred on being named in the Australian Police Rugby Union - APRU Women's team.

http://www.palmyrarugby.com.au/news/more-higher-honours-for-katherine-2353936.html
The Palms Club

The Palms Club

02/10/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 27816699
The Palms Club is a new initiative we are excited to launch for the 2019 season!

http://www.palmyrarugby.com.au/news/the-palms-club-2352791.html
Club Annual General Meeting

Club Annual General Meeting

30/09/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 27816640
All members and supporters are invited to attend the 2018 AGM

http://www.palmyrarugby.com.au/news/club-annual-general-meeting-2352781.html
O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

28/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 26221646
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John O'Dowd. Photo: Maximum Motorsport / Gemma Lucas

O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

 
On Saturday, the season opener of the CAMS Onslow Contracting WA Rally Championship (WARC), the Trade Hire Karri Rally, was held in Nyamup, east of Manjimup.
 
Maximum Motorsport driver John O’Dowd and co-driver Tom Wilde, who is also reigning WA Rally State Champion, finished first at the Trade Hire Karri Rally, winning three stages and finishing second on the other four in a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
 
O’Dowd said that he enjoyed the rally and he was happy with a win in round one, gaining some valuable points going into the Make Smoking History Forest Rally next month.
 
“It was a good rally with good stages. The long 35-kilometre stage was enjoyable and it was good to get the fastest time – it was a little technical and rough in patches, it had a bit of everything,” O’Dowd said.
 
“The car ran faultless all day, it was prepared well by Maximum Motorsport and it’s a great car to drive – I felt good in the car this time.
 
“Tom did a good job - I’ve had him co-drive for me once before and we work well together.”
 
Last year, O’Dowd narrowly missed the title in a battle with Wilde who won the Championship in a 2WD car, making history in the process. But for the Trade Hire Karri Rally and the WA round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Busselton in April, the rivals are teammates, with Wilde as co-driver.
 
O’Dowd’s regular co-driver Ken Shiel is unable to compete due to work commitments.
 
Finishing 1:05 minutes behind O’Dowd in second place was Stephen Oxley and Michael Wood in their 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
 
Oxley said that they had a great day despite damaging the front steering arm at the start of the second stage.
 
“Unfortunately that damage put the alignment out for the rest of the day, but we battled on,” Oxley said.
 
“There was a lot of dust but the stages were good, some fast and flowing sections and a really mixed long stage.”
 
Oxley said that he would be competing at the Make Smoking History Forest Rally, which is also a round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship and he hopes to contest the remaining rounds of the WARC.
 
Nic Box and Todd Payne finished first in the 2WD Championship and third overall in a 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, 1:43 minutes slower than the winner.

For more information and results visit www.rallywa.com
Oxley / Wood. Photo: Tim Allot
Box / Payne. Photo: CMR Photogrpahic
WA 2WD Championship
 
Nic Box and Todd Payne finished first in the 2WD Championship and third overall in a 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, 1:43 minutes slower than the winner.
 
The duo had to concede second place in WARC after their map reading light failed, making it impossible to read pace notes in the dark.
 
Box said it was one of the best rallies he has ever competed in.
 
“The roads were perfect with a mixture of high speed and high grip mostly, with a few rough bits that weren’t an issue; most of the stages suited me and my car and that showed in the results,” Box said.  
 
“Our wipers stopped on the first stage but we fixed them and we had one flat tyre after hitting a rock near the end of a stage so we didn’t lose any real time.
 
“I couldn’t be happier – the rally is a credit to all who organised it and helped – it ran like clockwork.”
 
Box will be part of the service crew for Adam Kaplan at Make Smoking History Forest Rally after Box sold Kaplan his Nissan 370Z, as such, Box is unable to compete. His next event is the Rally of the Heartland in South Australia.
 
Second place in the 2WD Championship went to Michael Joss and Megan Logue in a 1999 Nissan Silvia S15, 3:04 minutes behind Box / Payne. 
 
Rounding out the top three was Alex and Lisa White in a 1989 Nissan Silvia S13, 10:06 minutes slower than Box / Payne.
 
Alex White said that his car performed perfectly, even through the rough patches.
 
“At the first service we found that the cap to our power steering had popped off and the radiator fan had been pushed into the top of the shroud following a rough section in second stage, but that was the worst of it for us really,” White said.
 
“We struggled through the night stages with our lights as we didn't have the spread and couldn't see into dips or tops of crests which resulted in dropping two minutes on one stage alone. Our notes where pretty good, but it wasn't worth making a mistake so we backed off and did our best.
 
“The roads were a really nice combination of technical, tight, open, and fast sections – the organisers have done a great job at finding new roads for this rally.
 
“I was also really pleased to see the return of the village accommodation, along with the central service park and ceremonial finish, which allows us to all catch up and hear each other’s stories – the rally community spirit is really important to the future of our sport. We are now looking forward to Forest Rally.”
 
Alex White said that they have struggled the last few years to compete due to work commitments, but this year their aim is to compete in the all the WA 2WD Championship rounds. 
Michael Joss/Melissa Logue. Photo: Tim Allot
White / White. Photo: Tim Allot
Vass / Burton. Photo: Tim Allot
Clubman Masters and Clubman Club series
 
Winners of the Clubman Cup were Stephen Vass and Ashley Burton in a 1972 Datsun 1600 who finished just 0:12 ahead of Graeme and Kathy Miles in a 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer. Rounding out the top three was Kevin and Aaron Hollingsworth in their 2007 Suzuki Swift, 3:48 minutes behind the quickest pace.
 
For Vass, this was his first time competing as a driver having spent four years as a co-driver.
 
“I did drive in a rally last year but retired during the first stage, so that didn’t count. I’ve tried all sorts of racing and rally driving is my favourite – as they say, a bad day rallying is still better than a good day at work,” said the Proprietor of Maddington Auto Repairs and sponsor of the car.
 
“We had no problems, the car ran well and it’ll be ready and firing for Forest Rally.”
 
In the Clubman Masters, a Ford finished first over a Datsun. Carl and Tracey Rattenbury were quickest in their 1974 Ford Escort, 11:33 minutes ahead of Chris and Kelsey Gerdei in their 1974 Datsun 180B.
 
The picturesque Trade Hire Karri Rally took place on State Forest roads for the first time in 30 years with 118 kilometres of competitive stages, 194 kilometres in total. The longest stage of the rally was also the longest stage in the WARC at 35 kilometres.

The next round is the Make Smoking History Forest Rally held from 27th to 29th April 2018 in Busselton and Nannup; it is also a round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship.
 
For more information and results visit www.rallywa.com
 
 RESULTS
 
Overall WARC
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 5 O'DOWD
WILDE
Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
1:17:21.7
+
2 4 OXLEY
WOOD
Subaru
Impreza WRX STI
1:18:27.6
+01:05.9
3 6 BOX
PAYNE
Nissan
Silvia S13
1:19:05.1
+01:43.4
 
 
Overall 2WD
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 6 BOX
PAYNE
Nissan
Silvia S13
1:19:05.1
+
2 8 JOSS
LOGUE
Nissan
Silvia S15
1:22:09.7
+03:04.6
3 10 WHITE
WHITE
Nissan
Silvia S13
1:29:11.3
+10:06.2
 
 
Overall Clubman Cup
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 29 VASS
BURTON
Datsun
1600
50:23.0
+
2 28 MILES
MILES
Mitsubishi
Lancer
50:35.2
+00:12.2
3 31 HOLLINGSWORTH
HOLLINGSWORTH
Suzuki
Swift
54:11.0
+03:48.0
 
 
Overall Clubman Masters
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 25 RATTENBURY
RATTENBURY
Ford
Escort Mk1
47:03.2
+
2 26 GERDEI
GERDEI
Datsun
180B
58:37.1
+11:33.9
Rattenbury / Rattenbury. Photo: Tim Allot

 


2018 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
 
Round 1:  24 March 2018 - Trade Hire Karri Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  27-29 April 2018 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2018 - MRF Tyres Boddington Safari, Boddington
Round 4:  7 July 2018 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup
Round 5:  15 September 2018 – Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 6:  10 November 2018, Darling 200, Jarrahdale (2WD and Clubman Cup only)

 
The WA Rally Championship has three main categories and awards trophies to top finishers in each sub category:
 

  1. WA State Rally Championship
    All events are one day that start at 1pm and typically finish around 9pm.Night rallying is a feature.
    1. 4WD category
    2. 2WD category
    3. State Challenge – restricted 2WD category (no recce / pace notes)
 
  1. Clubman Cup
    Clubman Cup is half the length / distance of the WA State Rally Championships. This category is more accessible to enthusiasts and encourages those without the budget to compete in the WA State Rally Championships to rally.
    1. 2WD category – no recce / pace notes
 
  1. State Rookie Driver and Co-Driver
    1. WA State Rally Rookie Driver
    2. WA State Rally Rookie Co-Driver
    3. Clubman Cup Rookie Driver
    4. Clubman Cup Rookie Co-Driver
 
  1. Points
For each place from 1 to 20, the following points allocated to the overall Rally WA championship. There is a championship for drivers and one for co-drivers:
 
Place Championship Points   Place Championship Points
1st 80   11th 20
2nd 68   12th 18
3rd 60   13th 16
4th 52   14th 14
5th 44   15th 12
6th 40   16th 10
7th 36   17th 8
8th 32   18th 6
9th 28   19th 4
10th 24   20th 2

 
 

2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship
 
Round 1:  3-4 March – Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC
Round 2:  27-29 April – Forest Rally, Busselton, WA
Round 3:  1-3 June – Netier National Capital Rally (APRC), Canberra, ACT
Round 4:  27-29 July – Rally Tasmania, TAS*
Round 5:  21-23 September – Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA
Round 6:  15-18 November – Rally Australia, Coffs Coast, NSW


 
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Rally season gets underway in WA with Trade Hire Karri Rally

Rally season gets underway in WA with Trade Hire Karri Rally

21/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 26147445
 
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John O'Dowd. Photo: Maximum Motorsport / Aaron Wishart

Rally season gets underway in WA with Trade Hire Karri Rally

 
This weekend the season opener of the Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship (WARC), the Trade Hire Karri Rally, will be held in Nyamup, east of Manjimup on Saturday 24 March 2018.
 
The picturesque rally will take place on State Forest roads with 118 kilometres of competitive stages, 194 kilometres in total, compromising of three stages run multiple times.
 
The longest stage in the Trade Hire Karri Rally is also the longest stage in the WARC at 35 kilometres and will be run twice. There are two shorter stages, Toponup is just under 18 kilometres run twice and Cormint which is a short and sharp 3.57 kilometre stage that will be run three times.
 
Clerk of Course Ross Tapper said competitors would be on a level playing field.
 
“The rally is taking place in a unique area that we haven’t used for rallies for over 30 years,” Tapper said.
 
“At the end of the longest stage of the Championship, competitors will know that they have been physically and mentally challenged.
 
“The stages are tight and twisty with very challenging and good quality roads.
 
“Nyamup is an original Bunnings timber town but there’s nothing left there now except a few privately owned cottages, most of which are used as holiday rentals, and peace and quiet – that is until the rally comes through!” Tapper quipped.
 
“There are three spectator points walking distance from the Service Park in Nyamup making it easy for family, friends and rally fans to enjoy a day out in beautiful countryside - spectators should plan to arrive before the first car, which is due just after 1pm.
 
“The weather is looking perfect, not too hot with slight wind, it should be a beautiful weekend for a rally.”
 
Maximum Motorsport driver John O'Dowd finished runner-up in the 2017 championship; this year his eyes are set firmly on a state title.
 
“I've got some unfinished business in the state series,” O’Dowd said.
 
“I came within two points of winning last year, so I'll be going all out to claim the title this year.”
 
Last year, O’Dowd narrowly missed the title in a battle with Tom Wilde who won the Championship in a 2WD car, making history in the process. But for the Trade Hire Karri Rally and the WA round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Busselton in April, the rivals will once again become teammates, with Wilde stepping in as co-driver.
 
“It will be great to have Tom sitting in the co-driver’s seat again. Tom and I have teamed up in the past, and it will be great having him back in the car,” O’Dowd said.
 
O’Dowd’s regular co-driver Ken Shiel is unable to compete due to work commitments.
 
Last year’s state champion Wilde said that he was happy to be in a car this season
 
“Of course I’d rather be driving, but finances and time prevent it. I’m happy to be co-driver for John for a couple of rallies and we’ll see what happens from there.”
 
For more information and results visit www.rallywa.com
Michael Joss/Melissa Logue. Photo: CMR Photographic
Stephen Oxley. Photo: CMR Photographic
John O'Dowd / Kenneth Shiel. Photo: BTeamRallyMedia GollyPhoto

NOTES TO EDITORS

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or contact Dianne Bortoletto dianne@prontopr.com.au 


2018 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
 
Round 1:  24 March 2018 - Trade Hire Karri Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  27-29 April 2018 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2018 - MRF Tyres Boddington Safari, Boddington
Round 4:  7 July 2018 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup
Round 5:  15 September 2018 – Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 6:  10 November 2018, Darling 200, Jarrahdale (2WD and Clubman Cup only)

 
The WA Rally Championship has three main categories and awards trophies to top finishers in each sub category:
 

  1. WA State Rally Championship
    All events are one day that start at 1pm and typically finish around 9pm.Night rallying is a feature.
    1. 4WD category
    2. 2WD category
    3. State Challenge – restricted 2WD category (no recce / pace notes)
 
  1. Clubman Cup
    Clubman Cup is half the length / distance of the WA State Rally Championships. This category is more accessible to enthusiasts and encourages those without the budget to compete in the WA State Rally Championships to rally.
    1. 2WD category – no recce / pace notes
 
  1. State Rookie Driver and Co-Driver
    1. WA State Rally Rookie Driver
    2. WA State Rally Rookie Co-Driver
    3. Clubman Cup Rookie Driver
    4. Clubman Cup Rookie Co-Driver
 
  1. Points
For each place from 1 to 20, the following points allocated to the overall Rally WA championship. There is a championship for drivers and one for co-drivers:
 
Place Championship Points   Place Championship Points
1st 80   11th 20
2nd 68   12th 18
3rd 60   13th 16
4th 52   14th 14
5th 44   15th 12
6th 40   16th 10
7th 36   17th 8
8th 32   18th 6
9th 28   19th 4
10th 24   20th 2

 
 

2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship
 
Round 1:  3-4 March – Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC
Round 2:  27-29 April – Forest Rally, Busselton, WA
Round 3:  1-3 June – Netier National Capital Rally (APRC), Canberra, ACT
Round 4:  27-29 July – Rally Tasmania, TAS*
Round 5:  21-23 September – Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA
Round 6:  15-18 November – Rally Australia, Coffs Coast, NSW

 
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Entries open, electric car category and special rookie pricing for Make Smoking History Targa South West

Entries open, electric car category and special rookie pricing for Make Smoking History Targa South West

17/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Targa West, Article # 26104855
Paul Crute in his 1965 Ford Mustang. Credit Stephen Blackberry

Entries open, electric car category and special rookie pricing for Make Smoking History Targa South West


Entries are now open for the ninth edition of the Make Smoking History Targa South West tarmac rally that will take place in and around Western Australian south west towns of Pemberton, Manjimup and new this year, Northcliffe from 18th to 20th May 2018.
 
Held over two days competitors will travel over 380 kilometres in total which includes 130 kilometres of flat out competition on 22 closed-road Special Stages that range in distance from 3.11 kilometres to 15.13 kilometres through the spectacular Southern Forests area.
 
Targa South West Event Director Ross Tapper said that competitors are excited about some changes to the course.
 
“The addition of Northcliffe is new this year and there are two runs south and north on the Pemberton to Northcliffe road. The stage around Pemberton has also changed and that’s generating some exciting chatter amongst competitors,” Mr Tapper said.
 
Driver Andy van Kann who has who has competed in every Targa South West event and has checked the stages said the course this year has the best on offer.
 
"The forestry-type stages at Targa South West are amazing - Big Brook Dam, Kurandra, Pump Hill and Gloucester are all in breathtaking country,” Mr van Kann said.
 
“I’m excited to see the very best of the Gloucester stage chosen, I mean, what would Targa South West be without that rail crossing. The stage is now called Diamond Tree and is short and very exciting.
 
“Northcliffe is a fast flowing stage with lots of crests and dips and long sweeping corners through glorious forestry. It will require precise driver and co-driver teamwork as there’s no room for error over the narrow blind crests. It’s an awesome rally drive and run in both directions,” Mr van Kann said.
 
Competitors and crew can expect a warm welcome from the Northcliffe town folk with a service park and meal break in the main street of this romantic township.
 
Cars will start at 30-second intervals and race against the clock with the winner being the car that is fastest over all stages. Cars are grouped into classes and there are categories for Competition, Challenge and the new electric vehicle category.
 
“The automotive future is electric and we are receiving a fair bit of interest from WA dealers wishing to showcase electric cars in this environment - so we’ve included a new tour category for electric vehicles, a spirited enjoyable drive without the competition element,” Mr Tapper said.
 
“I encourage owners of electric cars to enter and enjoy a weekend in their cars along closed-roads – no experience is necessary.
 
“Make Smoking History Targa South West has a very relaxed atmosphere and provides a welcoming environment for first time rally competitors to learn the art of rallying and hone their driving skills without the pressure often associated with bigger events. Everyone who comes to Targa South West loves it.”
 
Mr Tapper said that rookies have special entry fee pricing.
 
“The essence of motorsport is competition, but what sets rallying apart from other codes of motorsport is the camaraderie and sense of community - a group of like-minded car enthusiasts sharing a common experience – a spirited drive in some of the State’s most picturesque areas.
 
“Rookies are made to feel especially welcome because everyone in rallying wants to see the sport grow,” Mr Tapper said.
 
Make Smoking History Targa South West usually attracts a wide variety of cars from classics like Ford Escorts, Mustangs, Toranas and Commodores to more modern turbocharged Mitsubishi Evos, Subaru WRXs and Nissan GTRs and this year, electric cars such as the Tesla Roadster and the ‘gull winged’ Tesla Model X. 
 
The Make Smoking History Targa South West fraternity will bring 400 people into the towns of Manjimup and Pemberton.
 
For more information on Targa South West including how to enter, please visit www.targasouthwest.com.au

Organisers would like to thank Targa South West sponsors Healthway, along with the Make Smoking History message, Shannons, Cutts Transport, Manjimup Truffles, AAAC Towing and the Shire of Manjimup for their support along with series sponsors Go Gear and Perth Motorsport Tyres. 

For updates, follow Targa West Events facebook page www.facebook.com/targawest


 

Al Blakers in his 1977 Holden Torana
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Glen Renshaw in His 2008 Holden VE SSV Ute. Credit: CMR Phtographic
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Green & Rumford share spoils at WA Golf Industry Gala Dinner

Green & Rumford share spoils at WA Golf Industry Gala Dinner

16/03/2018, Western Australia, Golf, Golf Western Australia, Article # 26097774
 

Green & Rumford share spoils at WA Golf Industry Gala Dinner

Both Hannah Green & Brett Rumford claimed the Nexus Risk & NGI Outstanding Golf Achievement Award at Crown on Friday night. Full list of winners below. 

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Podium place and top ten finishes for West Australian competitors in CAMS Australian Rally Championship season opener

Podium place and top ten finishes for West Australian competitors in CAMS Australian Rally Championship season opener

06/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 25985684
 
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Evans/Searcy. Photo: BTeamRallyMedia John Doutch

Podium place and top ten finishes for West Australian competitors in first round

 
Five West Australian competitors in three cars all finished in the top ten with one on the podium in the season opener of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC), The Courier-Eureka Rally in Ballarat, Victoria.
 
Dominating the stages was Harry Bates (ACT) with co-driver John McCarthy (QLD) who finished first in a Toyota Yaris and Tasmanians Steve Glenney and Michael Potter finished second in a Subaru WRX STI.
 
The highest placed West Australian was East Vic Park’s Ben Searcy, new co-driver to three-time Australian Rally Champion Eli Evans, finishing third overall in a Mini Cooper AP4.
 
The pair showed good form all weekend with a win on SS4 and top five fastest times in the remaining 16 stages.
 
Searcy, 39, said he was happy with the result and it was his first big event co-driving for Evans.
 
“Everything went well, Eli writes good pace notes,” Searcy said.
 
“It was a very high speed rally and we didn’t have too many big issues but did have lots of little issues with the car, a few over heating and power steering issues.
 
“It was a close rally – in the first stage on Sunday there was just 2.7 seconds separating the top four - it’s great fun to have a close competition.”
 
Perth-based Maximum Motorsport has entered two cars entered in the ARC this season, both Subaru WRX STI hatchbacks.
 
Delighted with finishing sixth place overall, Maximum Motorsport’s Brad Markovic and co-driver Toni Feaver made an impressive return to ARC.
 
Markovic, who has been recovering from back surgery for seven months, said it was a fantastic rally.
 
“It was great to jump back in the driver’s seat and Toni and I gelled straight away.  Our plan was to get through the event, get it under our belt and really focus on the next round the Forest Rally in April, which is our home rally,” said 40-year-old Markovic of Lesmurdie.
 
“The car went really well and I’m really happy with our result. All of those who finished in front of us are seeded ahead of us, so it’s a good result.
 
“Saturday’s stages were brilliant, really good flowing stages. Sunday’s stages were trickier with a more powdery surface that challenged the tyres a bit, but over all, a really nice event.”
 
John O’Dowd and co-driver Ken Shiel in a Maximum Motorsport Subaru WRX STI finished the Eureka Rally in tenth place over all.
 
O’Dowd said he was happy to get through the event.
 
“It was a very strong field and I struggled to find my rhythm to be honest,” said Gooseberry Hill resident O’Dowd.
 
“The car was awesome and well prepared. We got through every stage and finished the event, it’s onwards and upwards from here.”
 
As well as competing in the ARC, O’Dowd and Shiel will again contest the WA Rally Championship, trying to get one better on their second place last year, falling short of the title by just two points.
 
The Onslow Contracting WA Rally Championship opens with the Trade Hire Karri Rally on March 24.
 
The Eureka Rally saw competitors tackle eight stages that were twice run, racing the clock a total of 108 competitive kilometres and travelling a 630 kilometres over the weekend.
 
For news and results visit www.rally.com.au or www.EurekaRally.com.au.
 
 
THE COURIER EUREKA RALLY - PROVISIONAL RESULTS*
 
1 BATES / McCARTHY, Toyota Yaris
2 GLENNEY / POTTER, Subaru WRX STI
3 EVANS / SEARCY, Mini Cooper
4 BATES / MOSCATT, Toyota Corolla
5 TAYLOR / READ, Subaru WRX STI
6 MARKOVIC / FEAVER, Subaru WRX STI
7 COPPIN / KELLY, Peugeot 208
8 RAYMOND / CATFORD, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
9 PENNY / LLEWELLYN, Subaru WRX
10 O’DOWD / SHEIL, Subaru WRX STI
 
 
CAMS AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS – TOP TEN*
  1. Harry Bates/John McCarthy 81 pts
  2. Steve Glenney/Michael Potter 68 pts
  3. Eli Evans/Ben Searcy 56 pts
  4. Lewis Bates/Dale Moscatt 48 pts
  5. Molly Taylor/Malcolm Read 42 pts
  6. Brad Markovic/Toni Feaver 38 pts
  7. Adrian Coppin/Erin Kelly 34 pts
  8. Glen Raymond/Kate Catford 30 pts
  9. Andrew Penny/Rhys Llewellyn 28 pts
  10. John O’Dowd/Kenneth Sheil 22 pts
 
* Subject to final confirmation by CAMS        
 
Markovic/Feaver Photo: BTeamRallyMedia John Doutch
John O'Dowd / Kenneth Shiel. Photo: BTeamRallyMedia John Doutch
John O'Dowd / Kenneth Shiel. Photo: BTeamRallyMedia GollyPhoto
Evans/Searcy. Photo: BTeamRallyMedia John Doutch
Markovic/Feaver Photo: BTeamRallyMedia John Doutch

 


 
2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship
 
Round 1:  3-4 March – Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC
Round 2:  27-29 April – Forest Rally, Busselton, WA
Round 3:  1-3 June – Netier National Capital Rally (APRC), Canberra, ACT
Round 4:  27-29 July – Rally Tasmania, TAS*
Round 5:  21-23 September – Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA
Round 6:  15-18 November – Rally Australia, Coffs Coast, NSW
 
 
2018 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
 
Round 1:  24 March 2018 - Trade Hire Karri Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  27-29 April 2018 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2018 - MRF Tyres Boddington Safari, Boddington
Round 4:  7 July 2018 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup
Round 5:  15 September 2018 – Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 6:  10 November 2018, Darling 200, Jarrahdale (2WD and Clubman Cup only)



 
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Rally season underway with five West Australians in mix

Rally season underway with five West Australians in mix

01/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 25939213
 
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Brad Markovic / Toni Feaver. Photo: Maximum Motorsport

Rally season underway with five West Australians in mix


On Saturday, a field of 50 including three cars with West Australian competitors, will be raring to go in the season opener of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC), The Courier-Eureka Rally in Ballarat, Victoria.
 
The Eureka Rally has eight stages that will be run twice consisting of six forest stages and two shire road stages.
 
Competitors will race the clock over a total of 108 kilometres of competitive stages and traverse a total distance of 630 kilometres. Four stages are the same as 2017, three retain elements from last year and there’s one new, very interesting stage reminiscent of the great British rally stages of the 1970s.
 
The cars will switch between dirt tracks and bitumen, pass by an ancient railway bridge, through some farm gates, blast along an avenue of pines, around old bluestone farm outhouses, over a dam wall, and through a geological feature called Devil’s Kitchen.
 
Three-time Australian Rally Champion Eli Evans has a new co-driver this season, WA’s Ben Searcy of East Vic Park in a Mini Cooper AP4, both hoping to improve on Evans’ result of third in last year’s championship.
 
Searcy, 39, said he completed a successful pace-note rally with Evans last year.
 
“Eli’s driving style is very neat, smooth, precise and he pays a lot of attention to the detail in pace notes,” Searcy said.
 
“The Mini is a great car, built by Evans Motorsport and to the new AP4 regulations, which is the future of rallying in the Asia Pacific region.
 
“I’m itching to get going and excited about the Eureka Rally. It’s the second time we’ve been to Ballarat. With the changes made to the stages, I’m looking forward to be competing on roads that other competitors don’t know like the back of their hand, it always makes a rally a bit more exciting.”
 
Perth-based Maximum Motorsport has two cars entered in the ARC this season, both Subaru Impreza WRX Sti hatchbacks. Furthermore, Dean Herridge will play a dual role of running the team and interviewing competitors are the start line before waving them off.
 
Brad Markovic with co-driver Toni Feaver is making a return after seven months after recovering from back surgery.
 
“I’m feeling good and my back is feeling strong - I just can’t tell you how excited I am to get going,” said 40-year-old Markovic of Lesmurdie.
 
“Last year at Eureka we were sitting in fifth outright but then had an engine drama and ended up finishing tenth. So I feel like there’s unfinished business there.
 
“The car has been completely overhauled and freshened up – Maximum Motorsport have done a great job with it, we’ve got a great package.
 
“It’s also great that John O’Dowd will be running a hatch this year too. And of course having Deano’s friendly face at the start line should be fun, he always takes the mickey!”
 
John O’Dowd and regular co-driver Ken Shiel won the ARC2 title last year, a new category designed to aid the transition into competing in a full ARC.
 
O’Dowd said that last year he found the Ballarat stages completely different to those in WA, very fast and flowing but really enjoyable.
 
“I’m really looking forward to starting the season. Our goal is to give this car a good run and finish the event,” said Gooseberry Hill resident O’Dowd.
 
“We’re in the Maximum Motorsport Subaru hatch this year; we did some testing in it two weeks ago and I’m very happy with the car, they’ve prepared us a good car.”
 
As well competing in the ARC, O’Dowd and Shiel will again contest the WA Rally Championship, trying to get one better on their second place last year, pipped of the title by just two points.
 
“Last year was really enjoyable in the WARC. We had a great time battling guys like Tom Wilde and Steve Oxley throughout the year,” O’Dowd said.
 
The Courier Eureka Rally starts on Saturday 3 March, and the Onslow Contracting WA Rally Championship opens with the Trade Hire Karri Rally on March 24.

The Courier-Eureka Rally will conclude at the Ballarat Airport Rally Hub approximately around 3pm on Sunday with the winners taking to the podium from 4:30pm.
 
For the full spectator guide, news, results and video, visit www.rally.com.auwww.EurekaRally.com.au,or search Eureka Rally on Facebook.
John O'Dowd / Kenneth Shiel. Photo: Maximum Motorsport
Eli Evans in his mini. Photo: James Nixon
Brad Markovic excited to be back in the driver's seat. Photo: Maximum Motorsport

 


 
2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship
 
Round 1:  3-4 March – Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC
Round 2:  27-29 April – Forest Rally, Busselton, WA
Round 3:  1-3 June – Netier National Capital Rally (APRC), Canberra, ACT
Round 4:  27-29 July – Rally Tasmania, TAS*
Round 5:  21-23 September – Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA
Round 6:  15-18 November – Rally Australia, Coffs Coast, NSW
 
 
2018 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
 
Round 1:  24 March 2018 - Trade Hire Karri Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  27-29 April 2018 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2018 - MRF Tyres Boddington Safari, Boddington
Round 4:  7 July 2018 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup
Round 5:  15 September 2018 – Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 6:  10 November 2018, Darling 200, Jarrahdale (2WD and Clubman Cup only)



 
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