After a difficult opening round for Subaru’s Molly Taylor, the reigning CAMS Australian Rally Champion claimed line honours for the 2017 Make Smoking History Forest Rally.
Taylor was challenged early by Eli Evans, until the Peugeot 208 Maxi rolled on SS14, and then by Bates until he and co-driver John McCarthy suffered mechanical issues on SS17.
It was a steady drive by Nathan Quinn and co-driver Ben Searcy that saw them overcome varied mechanical issues to move into second position late on Sunday, winning the last two stages of the rally. The Mitsubishi duo would lead the Championship standings after two rounds.
West Australia’s Brad Markovic and co-driver Toni Feaver produced a strong drive to finish third outright on home-soil. Markovic set consistent stage times across to also be the highest placed WA driver.
FOREST RALLY PODIUM
1. Molly Taylor/Bill Hayes – Subaru
2. Nathan Quinn/Ben Searcy – Mitsubishi
3. Brad Markovic/Toni Feaver – Subaru