Reigning ARC champion Simon Evans grabbed the lead late yesterday in the Allied Air Conditioning Coffs Coast Rally.
Reigning ARC champion Simon Evans grabbed the lead late yesterday in the Allied Air Conditioning Coffs Coast Rally. Jeremy Rogers

Pedder gives up lead to rival

LOSING 10 seconds on the third stage of the Allied Air Conditioning Coffs Coast Rally yesterday cost current Australian Rally Championship (ARC) leader Scott Pedder the lead.

Finishing sixth in that particular stage was bad enough but even worse for Pedder was the fact that he gave up the lead to his nearest rival and reigning national champion Simon Evans.

The battle for glory during the opening two rounds of the ARC has been between Pedder and Evans so far, but local driver Nathan Quinn is issuing a challenge to his highly credentialed opponents.

Quinn made up four seconds on the leaders late yesterday to be sitting in third position only nine seconds behind Evans’ Subaru Impreza.

The 24-year-old in his remodelled Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 has indicated that he’s chasing a podium finish at this rally and Quinn is right on track.

It’s no easy street, though.

Only a few seconds behind is the team of Ryan and Rebecca Smart who are chasing hard.

Another 10 stages of the Rally are being held today with the first one along Boyds Road in Sherwood Forest which at more than 28 kilometres is the first of the ‘long’ stages this weekend.

This stage starts at 7.15 before the field reach the Glenreagh Service Park about 10.00am.

The cars will be at the Coffs Harbour Showground from approximately 3.00pm this afternoon where spectators will be allowed to run their eyes over the turbo charged vehicles as well as meet the drivers prior to the two Super Special stages which begin at 6.00pm.

The big event will conclude tomorrow with the Glenreagh service park again being used before the Coffs Harbour Showground provides the backdrop for the ceremonial finish about mid-afternoon.



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