Honda and Evans win at Coffs Harbour
Eli Evans and Glen Weston are Australian rally champions for a second year running, winning last weekend’s Rally Australia and making it 11 wins from 11 starts in their Honda Jazz.
‘‘It’s exciting and something we’ve worked hard for all year,’’ Evans said.
Co-driver Weston said this win was special.
‘‘Last year’s championship that we won was a split championship, as some competitors were in fourwheel drives. This year we’re all in two-wheel drives so it means a lot more to me because there’s no question that we’re the fastest crew in Australia.’’
In what was a long and arduous event, Round Five of the ECB ARC — Rally Australia — was also Round 10 of the World Rally Championship, with the best of the best in both fields battling through hundreds of kilometres of dusty forest stages.
‘‘It was a tough weekend,’’ Evans said.
‘‘The roads are really abrasive and we had some long stages where tyre choice became an issue.’’
Team-mates Mark Pedder and Claire Ryan placed fourth overall.
‘‘We struggled at the start and I don’t think I had the set up of the car quite right,’’ Pedder said.
‘‘We always knew that
this would be a long and hard event, especially with the 50 km stage yesterday. We stuck at it and improved the car over the course of the weekend.’’ With two Honda Jazz competing over the past two years, strategy has been very important to the success of the team.
‘‘You do plan before events but I think one of the benefits of running two cars is that we learn things twice as quick,’’ Pedder said. ‘‘With the Evans Motorsport team behind us it makes it that much easier, as they’re always working on ways to improve the cars.’’
‘‘Mark and I were rivals in years gone by,’’ said Evans.
‘‘When I spoke to him about teaming up, he was pretty excited. It was a natural thing for him and Claire to join Glen and I and now we have the results; with championships not only for first and second in 2012 but now first this year. Hopefully it will be two manufacturer’s titles as well.’’
The final round of the ECB ARC, Rally Victoria takes place in Warragul on November 15 and 16.
To get into a road-ready Honda Jazz call into Darryl Twitt Honda, Benalla road Shepparton. Or call the showroom on 5822 5833.
Eli Evans and Glen Weston make it 11 wins from 11 starts in their Honda Jazz