Yeomans wins Coffs Coast Rally
THE annual GK Denney Tyres Coffs Coast Rally was held in perfect conditions on Saturday.
Competition was tight among the strong field of 37 cars with only seconds separating the top crews on most of the special stages.
Armidale driver Garry Yeomans and Gloucester co-driver Kam Baker in Richard Opie's Mitsubishi Lancer finished 43 seconds clear of Coffs Harbour and District Sporting Car Club Members Glen Brinkman and Steven Richardson in their Subaru WRX.
Third was Steve Slade and Con Constantine in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IV.
Other Coffs Harbour crews to do well were class winners Mark Devine and co-driver Sean Beadie in the BIA Toyota Corolla.
This was Mark's first rally in the Brendan Ireland prepared car.
Local driver Nathan Quinn showed he will be hard to beat in the future with a strong result finishing a fine fifth in front of many more experienced drivers.
He also finished in front of many of the 4WD vehicles in the Mazda RX2 that he and his father prepared.
Some of the stage times set by the young driver were only one to two seconds per kilometre slower than the eventual winning team.
On the last stage of the night Quinn set the second fastest time overall.
No doubt he would have caught the eye of the Toyota team that used the event for testing prior to the final round of the Australian Rally Championship in Melbourne.
Mark Beard was 14th in his Subaru RS and he has contested rounds of not only the Australian Rally Championship but a round of the World Championship in Perth.
One crew that didn't have a very good night was Robert Tamini and Troy Gordon who rolled the Corolla several times in the third stage of the rally.
The crew was reportedly 'a bit sore' but otherwise OK after the accident, but it goes to show that the strict scrutineering prior to these rallies is essential for the safety of the crews.
THE Coffs Harbour and District Sporting Car Club would like to thank all the officials that helped in the running of the rally. Without all the road closures, controls and road crews, the club wouldn't have been able to ensure the safety of the competing crews as well as the public.