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Here comes the Porsche!

Joost Van Cauwenberge/Jacques Castelein - Porsche 911

The Tuthill Porsche won three stages on Day 3 and leaped into second spot. Photo: Craig O’Brien

The leader’s closest challenger stumbled and fell on day 3 leaving Andrew and David Travis a 7 minute buffer to the next best, the Tuthill prepared Porsche 911 of Joost Van Cauwenberge and Jacques Castelein from Belgium. The Porsche however is on a charge, and stated their intentions by winning the last 3 stages of the day.

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Roller coaster ride for rally crews at the COT on day 3

Wednesday provided our crews with a visit a genuine working cattle station for service and lunch but not before the field had rode the roller coaster 65 km Winneke Goldfield stage. It proved to be a most exhilarating drive for most with crest after crest after crest, requiring a serious amount of commitment to be fast. But for some it was a ride they’d want to get off.

CLASSIC COMPETITION

The first stage of the day, SS13 Ironwood Creek of 29 km gave the Callinan’s in their Historic Motorsport build Ford Escort RS1800 their first stage win. 5 seconds down the road though was the other RS1800 of Companc / Volta. Overnight leader Cuthbert / Evans retained the overall lead despite being 1:27 off the pace. Even further off the pace was Travis / Travis 1:41 behind but still retaining 2nd place. Crane / Anderson (Peugeot 504) began their charge up the leader board from 12th with a fine 3rd place on stage. Continue reading

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Day 2 – COT16 competition finally underway

After a day’s delay while Alice Springs cleaned up from a massive storm last Friday, we were finally underway to run day two’s stages. The route took us north beyond the Tropic of Capricorn to Mount Yambah and Gemtree for 185 km of competitive kilometres stages and 430 km in total. Like the storm on Friday, the first 2 stages cut a trail of destruction through the field. And like that storm, most of the damage can be repaired, just putting plans back a bit.

The worst news of the day came early. Making its way into the first competitive, Michael and Andrew Sawyer’s Datsun 1600 suffered a terminal engine failure, leaving Andrew by the side of the Stuart Highway waiting for Geoff and Jenny and a trailer. Crushing news for the popular lads who are part of the COT family. Continue reading