YEAR’S LAST RALLY TAKES HEAVY TOLL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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