Honda and Evans win at Coffs Har­bour

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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

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