Pair leave com­pe­ti­tion for dust

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

SIMON and Sue Evans are the Aus­tralian rally cham­pi­ons for the fourth time af­ter an­other con­vinc­ing win, this time in Rally Queens­land on the Sun­shine Coast last week­end.

The Subaru crew were never re­motely chal­lenged in an event which dou­bled as a round of the Asia-Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship, a cat­e­gory won by In­dian driver Gau­rav Gill and New Zealand co-driver Glenn Macneall, who were more than two min­utes be­hind the Evans duo.

Vic­to­rian broth­ers Glen and Matt Ray­mond, run­ning a Mit­subishi Lancer on a wild­card en­try, were sec­ond. The Ray­monds also won the sec­ond round of the Pa­cific Cup, which ends in New Cale­do­nia at the end of this month.

The fac­tory Pro­ton R3 Malaysia team of Queens­lan­der Chris Atkin­son and Scot­land’s Alis­ter McRae both had to re­tire from the rally.

Atkin­son won six of the first day’s eight stages and five on Mon­day, but was un­able to fig­ure in the of­fi­cial clas­si­fi­ca­tion af­ter his mo­tor stalled in a creek cross­ing. Bri­tish Rally Cham­pion McRae won four stages but re­tired with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems.

In form: Simon and Sue Evans had an­other con­vinc­ing win at the Rally Queens­land.

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