Weather makes rally racing tricky

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Aldo de Paoli wrestles his 1972 Holden HQSV around the drenched course.
Camera IconAldo de Paoli wrestles his 1972 Holden HQSV around the drenched course. Credit: South Western Times

The heavens opened on Sunday for this year’s edition of the GT Fabrications Targa Bunbury Sprint, leaving a slick and slippery track for man and machine to conquer.

Dardanup man Will White was shaping up to be the man to beat after his Mitsubishi Evo IV devoured the rain soaked course, laying down what looked to be almost unbeatable times.

The weather had other ideas though and the track started to dry soon after White had finished his last run, providing almost perfect conditions for Mark Greenham and Paul Brockbank to mount a fightback during their afternoon sessions.

“Will jokingly rang Ross (Tapper) and asked was it OK if he organised a water bomber to come over just before Mark’s last run,” organiser David Smith said.

“Obviously he didn’t but that’s the dice you roll with rallying... it’s almost as if we had Melbourne weather.”

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White eventually finished the day third behind Greenham and Brockbank, both of whom were also racing Mitsubishi Evos, perhaps the weapon of choice given four of the top five cars were Evos.

Other local favourites Mark Cates and Greg Freeman finished slightly off the pace in 32nd and 18th respectively.

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