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Sweet victory in Paul Rook Rally

Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

Brian Catt and Shane Miller compete in the 2WD class. Brian Catt and Shane Miller compete in the 2WD class.

Rob and Tarnie Andrews were decisive winners of the Paul Rook Memorial Rally held on April 23 by the Barrier Sporting Car Club.

Driving a Subaru WRX, they won 6 of the 7 special stages to win by 7 minutes over the 208km course.

This was Rob and Tarnie’s first win in a rally since they started in the sport in 2012. Ironically, it was Paul Rook who gave Rob a drive in his Subaru in a short event many years ago, he was rapt and then built up his own car.

Second place in the event were Matt Andrews and Keith Stanford, also in a Subaru WRX, while Kerry Turley and Jonathon Oliver were third outright in the big “cross country” Nissan Patrol.

First and only finisher in the 2 wheel drive class went to Brian Catt and Shane Miller from Adelaide in their Hyundai Excel.

This crew then generously donated their stage prizemoney back to the B.S.C.C. for future events.

With the withdrawal of Adelaide’s Henry Nott, 7 cars presented to the start from the Mulga Hill carpark. Crews then travelled out to the Old Rockwell site for the start of the first special stage. 

Sponsored by Colin and Trevor Clare, M. Andrews/Stanford were the first car away, followed by Mick and Brett Baldwin, Rob and Tarnie Andrews and Turley/Oliver.

Unfortunately for Blake and Trent Clare, their fun was over early with clutch failure in the ex-Rook WRX.

Rob and Tarnie were quickest, coming into the finish control in thick dust, having caught the Baldwins with a time of 21.59 to 22.06.

Stage 2, sponsored by Western Auto Electrical, was the shortest stage and once again it was Rob and Tarnie on 8.25 to Matt and Keith on 8.45.

Back in 2WD class, the battle was on between the 2 competitors Catt/Miller and Larkin/MacLeod in the Pulsar, with the score 1 all after the first 2 stages. However, the Larkin car had split the fuel tank, so they elected to miss Stage 3 and head back to the service area for repairs.

Stage 3, sponsored by IOR Petroleum, saw Rob and Tarnie extend their lead with a time of 21.55 to Matt and Keith’s 22.40.

Catt/Miller got slightly lost, but with only this crew still in 2nd class, they still won their class.

A service and lunch break followed and a couple of navigators were feeling the effects of motion sickness.

Tarnie was quite green and it wasn’t even St Patrick’s Day, while Jono Oliver also didn’t look well.

Blake Clare stepped into the navigator’s seat for Rob while Kerry Turley’s daughter Brianna took over from Jono.

Stage 4 at 48km, was the ARB Broken Hill sponsored stage and Matt and Keith pipped Rob and Blake by just 2 seconds 25.07 to 25.09 on this very fast section.

Larko had the Pulsar wound up and caught and passed Catt to win the 2WD class.

Stage 5 on K. Tank Station and sponsored by Andrews Earthmoving and Haulage saw Rob and Blake back on the pace 14.17 to Matt and Keith’s 14.57.

This stage saw the demise of Larkin/MacLeod, a large rock pushing the sump up on the Pulsar.

Catt/Miller only had to finish the last 2 stages to win 2WD class.

Another short service break and it was into Stage 6, sponsored by Turley’s Removals and Storage.

Matt and Keith couldn’t get the steering lock to disengage allowing 3 cars to get ahead of them. They then got a flat front tyre 3km into the stage.

Rob and Blake took out the stage with a time of 22.13. With the Turleys winning back a bit of their sponsorship with a time of 23.36.

The final Stage 7 sponsored by Silver City Crash and Towing saw Rob and Blake with a time of 15.46, just beating Matt and Keith with a time of 15.58.

Catt/Miller cruised around, picking up $100 per stage to win the 2WD class, picking up 5 stage wins to Larko/MacLeod’s 2.

Event Clerk of Course, Kym Andrews thanked all the control keepers and other helpers on the day as well as the St John’s Team who thankfully had a quiet day. Also all the sponsors who provided some prizemoney for the competitors.

“Hopefully this rally will be an annual event and the interest generated will encourage some newcomers to build up a car,” Kym said.

Next event on the B.S.C.C. calender will be another motorkhana/khanacross, these events are ideal for newcomers and juniors as young as 12 can compete in a safe, CAMS organised event, which covers everyone for insurance.

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