Markovic ex­tracts plenty of gold in Bal­larat

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

KALA­MUNDA driver Brad Markovic has made a pos­i­tive start to his 2018 Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship (ARC) cam­paign, fin­ish­ing first in ARC2 and sixth out­right at the Eureka Rally in Bal­larat.

The WA driver was in great form at the March 3-4 rally fol­low­ing a seven-month lay­off due to back surgery.

With only one short test ses­sion be­fore the event, Markovic sur­prised him­self by set­ting a top-5 time dur­ing Satur­day’s morn­ing stages, and com­plet­ing the first leg in sixth.

“It was a re­ally solid start to the year,” Markovic said af­ter the podium pre­sen­ta­tion.

“I was a bit rusty early on. But it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things.

“My back held up re­ally well. I had a lit­tle bit of pain to­day, but over­all it’s feel­ing re­ally good.”

Subaru driver John O’Dowd, of Goose­berry Hill, fin­ished in 10th place.

“I re­ally strug­gled to find a good feel­ing in the car,” he said.

Mar­covic’s next event is round two of the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship, the For­est Rally.

O’Dowd and the Max­i­mum Mo­tor­sport crew are pre­par­ing for the Karri Rally, the first round of the WA Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The Karri Rally will based south of Man­jimup on March 24 and the For­est Rally, based around Bus­sel­ton and Nan­nup, will start on April 27.

Pic­ture: Aaron Wishart

Brad Markovic rac­ing in Bal­larat.

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