“We were rapt with our pace all weekend,” he said.
Markovic set top five stage times on most of the Make Smoking History Forest Rally stages, and on stage four, the event’s longest, was just 1.8 seconds behind rally winner Molly Taylor.
“It’s a very different story to last year, because that’s the stage where my car burnt to the ground,” Markovic said.
“It feels amazing that, 12 months on, I’m celebrating my first-ever ARC podium finish, and at my home event too.”
“This is a great result for Maximum Motorsport, our family and friends, and all our supporters,” he said.
Markovic’s Subaru WRX STI ran like a dream across most of the Busselton and Nannup stages, but he lost some time when a rock caused a puncture in Heat Two.
“We hit a rock on stage 14 and the right front tyre went straight down,” he explained. “We had to drive about seven kilometres out on a rim.”
“But, we didn’t lose too much time in the scheme of things.”
Markovic said he and co-driver Toni Feaver went into the Make Smoking History Forest Rally with a new game plan.
“We decided to just go out and try to find a pace and a rhythm, rather than concentrate on our stage times,” he explained.
“We actually didn’t know where we were running at the end of Saturday, and we were really happy when we saw where we were sitting.”
Markovic said that tactic worked well and he’d use it again for the next ARC round.
Round four is the FIA APRC National Capital Rally in Canberra from May 26 to 28.
Photo Credit: John Doutch