YEAR’S LAST RALLY TAKES HEAVY TOLL
Picture: CMR Photographic THERE were many flat tyres, a blown engine and a multiple roll-over crash among the contestants, but at the end of the Darling 200, the final round of the 2WD and Clubman Cup categories in the WA Rally Championship, it was Razvan Vlad who took the silverware.
Calling the corners for 39year-old Vlad in his Ford Fiesta was substitute co-driver Caity MacDonald, standing in for regular co-driver Daymon Nicoli, who is co-driving for Dylan King in Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour.
“I'm very happy. I haven’t done a road book event for over four years,” Vlad said.
“Most events I do are with pace-notes. It was harder work than I expected but Caity did a good job and made no errors.”
The Clubman Cup went to Julian Wright and Ian De Boer, in their Datsun 1200 Coupe, which had a sixmonths reconstruction after a massive crash in the Karri Rally in May. “It was a lot of work – late nights, every weekend,” Wright said.
“It’s the third year in a row I’ve won the Darling 200.
“This year, I wanted to defend my past two wins and I’m really happy to have three in a row.”
Razvan Vlad and Caity MacDonald on their way to victory in the Darling 200.