State 2WD champ RAZLAN VLAD. Image: RALLYWA
Battle Lines Drawn
WARC outright leaders Tom Wilde and Madelin Kirkhouse. Image: CMR Photographic.
WITH JUST TWO ROUNDS to go in the 2017 CAMS Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship the battle lines are drawn.
This weekend’s Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Stages rally will be hotly contested along forest stages near Grimwade and Kirup, about 220 kilometres south of Perth.
With just 32 points separating the top three outright in both drivers and co-drivers standings, the competition is likely to be fierce.
Competitors will race the clock on six gravel stages, a total of 100.26 competitive kilometres and travel a total distance of 232 kilometres. Clubman Cup distance is just under 65 competitive kilometres, finishing before the evening stages start for the WARC Outright and 2WD categories.
Leading the championship is 2WD competitor Tom Wilde and his co-driver Madelin Kirkhouse in their Verandah Apartments sponsored 1993 Honda Civic.
Hot on his heels is Maximum Motorsport driver John O’Dowd and co-driver Kenneth Sheil, trailing by 30 points and hungry for the win. “We’re still within striking distance of the title,” Gooseberry Hill resident O’Dowd said. “So it’s really important we do well in this event.”
“We’ve made some changes and made the rally slightly longer,” said Event Clerk of Course Tony Floyd. “There’s a great mix of roads with a pile of tight technical stages and some fast flowing roads that remind some people of Finland. The stages have held up remarkably well after all the rain we’ve had and we’ve got a couple of cracking easy-to-get-to spectator points where you can get a good look at the cars.”
Follow the signs from the centre of Kirup to find the spectator points, or visit http://www.rallywa.com/rallyevents/kirup-stages/
Click on link below for current championship standings
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