Weekend Courier - - Driveway -

IT'S of­fi­cially called the Make Smok­ing His­tory For­est Rally, but the sec­ond round of the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship (ARC) is cer­tain to cre­ate a lot of dust.

More than 50 crews will con­test the For­est Rally through the forests of Nan­nup this week­end (April 21-23).

The field has many of the next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian rally com­peti­tors, among them young gun Harry Bates and co-driver John McCarthy who head into the event lead­ing the ARC, fol­low­ing vic­tory at the Eu­reka Rally in Bal­larat last month. How­ever, they will have to fight against a strong field of ri­vals, such as reign­ing ARC cham­pi­ons Molly Tay­lor and Perth co-driver Bill Hayes in their Subaru, for­mer ARC cham­pi­ons Eli Evans/Glen We­ston in a Mini Cooper AP4, and lo­cal crews of Dy­lan King/Abbey Hayes, Brad Markovic/Toni Feaver and John O'Dowd/Ken­neth Shiel will be hop­ing to knock off their in­ter­state ri­vals.

Pic­ture: Michael Vet­tas

2016 Aus­tralian Rally cham­pi­ons Molly Tay­lor and Bill Hayes.

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