The pine forests south of Bathurst, which hosted today’s 92 kilometres of stages in the 2022 Classic Outback Trial, set the scene for the seven day-long rally’s close competition amongst the leading crews on the penultimate day of the event.
Hard charging second placed Michael Valantine and his co-driver, son Timothy Valantine, steered their Datsun Stanza to a fastest stage time in the forest plantations near Black Springs today in a heroic effort to claw back some much needed time to the leader, Bathurst financial advisor Andrew Travis and his dentist father, David in their potent Nissan Gazelle V6.
The rising waters of the Turon River north of Bathurst has made the water depth at a causeway impassable for rally crews and has caused a critical Special Stage to be cancelled on Day 5 of the Classic Outback Trial.
The cancellation of the stage left rally competitors with today’s stage lengths adding to just shy of 28 kilometers – or in time, around 19 minutes.
Whilst the mighty Nissan Navara of Tiny Quinn and John Doble continues to lead the Allcomers Competition, the Classic Competition in the 2022 Classic Outback Trial is being steamrolled by Andrew and David Travis in their Nissan Gazelle as they increase the lead they have held since the first day of the seven-day Special Stage Rally.
The combination of Bill Gill, Kathy Gill and their Mercedes 350 SLC has again stomped on the opposition during Day 2 of the Classic Outback Trail Regularity Rally.
The Gills’ again showed a clean pair of heels to the remainder of the field over the four sections which totaled over 150 kilometers. The field included equal second placed Datsun 1600 of Paul and Mariella Kirkham and the 1972 Datsun 240Z of David and Stephen Gainer. In fourth place at the end of today is Bruce Power and Jill Robilliard, in their 1939 Chevrolet Master 85.
In a very significant turn of fortunes, the dice has rolled the wrong way for several fancied Classic Outback Trial competitors – on the very first day of competition.
Day one of seven hard and fast days of special stage rallying has seen the immaculate Nissan Navara of Queensland Tony Quinn and John Doble head the time sheets in the Allcomers competition.
Just a few seconds separated the 5 fastest cars following a prologue stage in the Gunningbland Forest near Parkes, in the 2022 Classic Outback Trial. The prologue provided a preview for the 42 rally crews of what they are likely to expect in the next seven days of hard and fast competition.
Michael Valantine stormed through the 10.3 kilometres of dusty forest roads and overgrown tracks to finish the Special Stage just a single second in front of Joel Wald and Cathy Elliot. Both crews were driving Dastun Stanzas.
This year’s Classic Outback Trial will be well covered pictorially with four of our most prolific and well known rally photographers covering the action. Let’s say hello to them!
Can the Travis pair make it three in a row? Photo: Ian Smith
Andrew and David Travis head into the final day of the Lasseters Classic Outback Trial with a lead of more than nine minutes, after dominating the final three stages of day six. Continue reading
Clean sweep for Kaplan on day five, winning every stage. Photo: Craig O’Brien
Adam Kaplan and Aleisha Penney continued to set the pace in their Mazda RX7, with a clean sweep on day five of the Lasseters Classic Outback Trial. Meanwhile, Andrew and David Travis extended their lead to 7m17s at the top of the standings with two days to go. Continue reading
Bathurst son and father combination, Andrew and David Travis were the cream of the crop at the end of the 2016 Classic Outback Trial (COT), as they took back to back wins and their third in four attempts, this time in a Nissan Gazelle.
The Travis team near the end of the first stage of day 6. Pic by Craig O’Brien.