30 drivers lined up to race on the loam and clay tracks of Rally Action’s Dowerin venue.
The recent rains had left a few puddles to negotiate throughout the day’s racing and all the drivers soon found out the very grippy-when-dry surface was a little slipperier than normal.
With a clear, sunny day the entry list was split into 4 groups and all headed out to contest the 8 tests that lay ahead.
During the day a few were caught out with the conditions, overshooting into the scenery.
After some mechanical problems on the last two events, Ben Kitchen found his form at this Khanacross and finished a solid tenth with his Lancer needing little more than a good wash. Noramlly sitting in the co-driver’s seat on rallies, Nic Anyan drove well in his Ford Fiesta to take ninth, well ahead of his regular driver Shane Harmer who shared the same car. Rear wheel drive and sideways was again the order of the day for Stuart Hewer, his Escort finishing Eighth. Bob Percival kept his driving tidy and the Excel neat to finish seventh. Garry Connell used his Arctic Cat 4WD buggy and took a convincing sixth place. If not for a slow roll early in the day, Garry may well have won the event with a string of fastest test times. Proving himself the “dark horse”, Mark Keltie (Excel) quietly went about his business and finished strongly in fifth. Neal Johnson seems to be going faster with each passing event and it was no surprise to see him and his Hyundai Lantra with a top five finish in fourth place. The next two placings possibly indicate a changing of the guard in LCC competition. Michael “Mika” Connor brought his Super Charged Corolla to third place. Second was taken by 17 year old Jace Van Sar Loos (Excel), a podium place normally held by much more experienced competitors. Both drivers seemed to take a quantum leap forward at this event and gave the winner, Andrew Percival (Honda Civic) a good run for his money. Andrew too was caught out at one point and found the scenery.
Thanks to Karen, Shaniece and all the officials, which included a swag of Venturers who also come up for the weekend and helped out with planting 4,000 trees at the venue.
Results can be found Here
The next event in the LCC calendar is a Gum Nut rally on the 31st of August, before the final Khanacross (Twilight) on the 20th of September.