Al Palmer left nothing in the tank when he tackled the Raleigh Auto Wreckers Rallysprint.
Al Palmer left nothing in the tank when he tackled the Raleigh Auto Wreckers Rallysprint.

Girl just having fun



IT was a classic case of girls just wanting to have fun.

Jo Odell claimed bragging rights over her boyfriend and navigator Robert Bishop in Coffs Harbour and District Sporting Car Club's Raleigh Auto Wreckers Rallysprint on Saturday.

The event featured six runs on an eight kilometre course at Sherwood Forest with the winner decided on overall times.

Under the Rallysprint format, three runs are done in one direction with the other three runs in the reverse direction with drivers going like a bat out of hell for most of the time.

Jo, having only her second start in a rally after debuting in an event at Wauchope earlier this year, did an amazing job to finish fifth overall while car troubles in the Datsun 1600 on runs two and three left Bishop languishing in 10th position.

CHDSCC representative Tony Creer said after rain nearly forced the event to be abandoned the rally went ahead in perfect conditions.

"I wasn't game to do an event preview because I didn't want to turn around and then tell all the drivers it was off," Creer said.

"As it turned out the conditions were the best we could have hoped for and the roads held up extremely well," Creer said.

Mal Keough, fresh from a win in the State championships round at Bathurst earlier this month and a leading contender for the Group 6 series was the dominant force combining with navigator Troy Gordon for a clear cut victory.

Keough's stage times of 5.33, 5.29, 5.28, 5.30, 5.28 and 5.30 gave him total time of 21.55 to lead home the class F four-wheel drive vehicles.

"I wasn't expecting anyone to get close to Mal on the day but the beauty of rallying is that car troubles can crop up at any time giving everyone a chance," Creer said.

"On an eight kilometre section he was up to 25 seconds quicker than any other driver."

Michael Williams did a sensational job in a borrowed vehicle taking second place overall with stage times of 5.56, 6.56, 6.07, 5.58, 5.52 and 5.46 for an overall time of 23.40 leaving Mark Beard in his wake on 23.58.

Another driver to perform exceptionally well was Al Palmer with navigator Nathan Quinn in the Fiat to finish fourth overall.



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