Mal sprints away
MAL Keough and co-driver Jason Richards set the fastest time in every run at the Sherwood Forest Rallysprint on Saturday despite their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo suffering from an intermittent misfire They won by one minute 11 seconds from fellow Coffs Harbour and District Sporting Car Club members Joel Payne and Troy Gordon in only their second rally. Third place was shared by the Coffs Harbour crew of Gary Crilley and Pip Bennett in a borrowed GTiR Nissan Pulsar and Armidale's father and son team of Richard and David Opie in their newly purchased Lancer Evo 1V. Just behind, by two seconds, in fourth was Mark Beard and Pip Bennett. Yes, Pip was one of a few sharing their skills around on the day, proving that in pacenoted events consistent notes make for good speed. Maybe the old saying that drivers win rallies and navigators lose them is under threat. With eleven out of the fourteen entries being local, most of the class trophies went to Coffs Harbour crews. Class A went to Kemspey's Jeff Hawkins and Bernie Keast in Jeff's first event in his Gemini. Class B went to Michael Williams and Gianni Accadia in the borrowed 1600 Datsun of Mark Devine. Class C was won by Chris Brownlow and Jo O'Dell. This is the first time Chris has driven in some time, usually co-driving for event director Tony Creer. Chris had a great day, swapping times with the car's other driver, David Addison, but Dave ran out of fuel on the last run to lose any chance of beating Chris. Class E went to Michael Kirkwood and Greg Wiseman in his Toyota Celica of only two events and they were more than pleased with this result. Thanks to all the helpers on the day, including the Coramba Heart Start for supplying first aid officers.