Photos courtesy of:
John Doutch

Can Bates keep the other “Classics” at bay?

The first cars to compete over the iconic roads at this year’s Rally Victoria will be a diverse range of Classic Rally cars sweeping the roads before the ECB ARC crews have their battle over the same roads.

Neal Bates and Coral Taylor’s entry has just been received and the crew will have a big week in November just to make the event.  With obligations to fulfil with Toyota on the Monday and Tuesday in Coffs Harbour they won’t hit the road till late before heading south to Rally Vic and are  keen to have a better start to the event than last year.

In 2013 Neal made a rare mistake on Special Stage 1 and left the road and beached his car on the first left hander of the event within site of the Start Control, dropping over 5 mins to the BMW of Barker. The Bates/Taylor team spent the event playing catch up before overtaking the other crews late on the second day and winning the Classic section of the event.

While the Bates team have already won the 2014 Classic Rally Challenge, a strong list of fellow classic competitors are looking to take the fight right up to them and knock them off in the final round of the series. Heading the charge will be NSW driver Geoff David in his pretty 911 Porsche, all straightened out after the inversion in the last round.  Also a host of local crews are keen to pit their Escorts and other marques up against the RA40 Celica that has been so dominant in recent years.

Don’t miss the last chance in 2014 to see the “Classics” in full flight at Rally Victoria on Nov 14/15.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Rally Victoria to decide the 2014 ARC Championship

As the dust settles on the penultimate round of the ECB ARC in Coffs the series remains live and will be decided at Rally Victoria in November.
The statisticians are busy crunching all the possible points’ scenarios.  With the Armor All Power Stage and the extra points on offer over the 2 heats at Rally Victoria one thing isn’t in doubt, and that is that Scott Pedder and his series long rival, Brendan Reeves, won’t be holding anything in reserve in their quests to be crowned the 2014 Australian Rally Champion.

In the 4WD National series, things are even closer, with only 2 points separating Richie Dalton and Henry Nott.  Jay Davidson and Gerald Schofield are both in the position to strike should either or both falter.

Rally Victoria kicks off on Friday the 14th November at Lardner Park with the Armor All Power Stage in the morning followed by Shakedown/VIP Rides.  After a short break the crews head to the forest to contest 4 Special Stages before returning to Lardner Park to prepare for the final heat of the series on Saturday 15th.

The Victorian Championship event starts on the Saturday and will be contested over 8 forest stages culminating in a blast around the Super Special, incorporating the Tankformers jump, at Lardner Park.  Apart from the regular 2014 crews, a number of other locals are intending to enter and may well throw the cat among the pigeons in all the categories and events. 

FYI- Supp Reg’s due out very soon and the Officials registration is up and running under the Officials Tab.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Evans And Honda Taste Champagne

At the end of a difficult weekend at Rally Victoria, the final Round of the 2013 East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship, Eli Evans and Honda have tasted champagne as their relationship comes to an end after four years of success.

In addition Evans’ win this weekend extends his unbeaten run in the Championship to twelve consecutive Round victories and means he hasn’t been beaten to the top step of the podium over the past two seasons
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Posted on November 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM