Purple Hayes patch

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roads at break­neck speeds.

Hayes first started ral­ly­ing in 2014 and won the WA rookie cham­pi­onship with an­other driver.

But she was no novice, hav­ing grown up with the mo­tor­sport be­cause her fa­ther is in­ter­na­tional rally com­peti­tor Bill Hayes.

She and Dy­lan, who was 16 when he started ral­ly­ing a twowheel-drive Ford Es­cort, used the last event of the WA cham­pi­onships in 2015, the Car­ring­ton’s Sa­fari Rally, as prepa­ra­tion for 2016 com­pe­ti­tion in their newly up­graded car.

Their sub­se­quent cam­paign in­cluded the car’s en­gine fail­ing in the sec­ond stage of the Quit For­est Rally in April, af­ter which their sup­port team re­built the en­gine in four hours on the side of the road in Nan­nup, al­low­ing the car to reen­ter and get some points.

“Our team doesn’t see giv­ing up as an op­tion and it showed this year, and from rookie to State Cham­pi­onship in two years, it’s quite a big achieve­ment,” Hayes said.

The pair won the later Karri Rally, with­drew from the Bod­ding­ton event af­ter a tyre came off, but won the next two ral­lies.

The de­cider was Car­ring­ton’s Sa­fari Rally last month when, de­spite en­gine trou­bles and a punc­ture, the pair had an­other win.

“This is Dy­lan’s first out­right 4WD Cham­pi­onship win and he is over the moon,” Hayes said.

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Abbey Hayes has had a me­te­oric rise in Sa­fari rally rac­ing.

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