Fe­male driver reigns in For­est Rally

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - SPORT -

SYD­NEY driver Molly Tay­lor and co-driver Bill Hayes, from Maida Vale, reigned supreme at the Make Smok­ing His­tory For­est Rally in Nan­nup last week­end.

“I’ve been chas­ing this vic­tory for a while; it’s my favourite rally, so I’ve al­ways wanted to have this win,” Tay­lor said.

“Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing start in the first round, to come back with this in round two was more than we could hope for.”

Nathan Quinn, of NSW, and East Vic­to­ria Park’s Ben Searcy fin­ished the April 21-23 rally in sec­ond out­right, with the WA crew of Brad Markovic, of Les­mur­die, and By­ford’s Toni Feaver fin­ish­ing third.

Markovic led the crews con­test­ing the WA Rally Cham­pi­onship from the open­ing stage of the rally, record­ing two heat wins.

He took the WARC event win ahead of Nan­nup’s Tom Wilde and Swan View co-driver Madelin Kirk­house, as well as Raz­van Vlad, of Pad­bury, and Parkerville’s Day­mon Ni­coli.

“We had a great run yes­ter­day and tried to keep our noses clean to­day; con­sis­tency was the key, find­ing a good pace, stick­ing to that pace and that was our game plan this week­end,” Markovic said.

Bun­bury fa­ther-and-son Mitchel and Stu­art Clarke were too fast in the Club­man Cup class, win­ning ev­ery stage. Mark Travers and Jeremy Ed­wards took the hon­ours in the club­man masters class ahead of An­drew Pinker and Tony Floyd.

More than 50 crews from across Aus­tralia con­tested the Make Smok­ing His­tory For­est Rally through the forests of Nan­nup and around the elec­tric Bus­sel­ton Spe­cial Stage. Clock­wise from above: Raz­van Vlad, of Pad­bury, and Parkerville’s Day­mon Ni­coli. Nan­nup’s Tom Wilde and Swan View co­driver Madelin Kirk­house. Les­mur­die’s Brad Markovic and Toni Feaver, of By­ford, fin­ished third. Molly Driver and Bill Hayes, of Maida Vale, won the For­est Rally.

Pic­tures: CMR Pho­to­graphic, Tim Al­lott, Michele Sey­mour and Garth Mcguire.

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