Unfortunately on the first test of the afternoon, the blown exhaust gasket ended their day.
Despite temperatures around 30C and thick dust, Reeves was enjoying the stages and was happy with the times he was recording until the exhaust issues struck. His Pirelli tyres worked well in the heat and his strong times, particularly in the long Newry stage, had him placed as high as 13th overall.
Reeves and his team have worked hard to get to the event and, not to be deterred, will re-start tomorrow under Rally 2 rules*. The service crew had three hours after the end of the day’s competition to repair the car and are confident they have made the necessary repairs.
Kennards Hire Rally Australia continues tomorrow (Saturday) with seven stages, including two runs of the mammoth 50.80 kilometre Nambucca stage, and two runs of the Super Special Stage at Coffs Harbour Jetty.
The rally action will conclude on Sunday afternoon after another day of gruelling rallying.
*Rally 2 is a set of regulations that allow a driver who retires from an event to re-enter the next day at the cost of a five-minute time penalty.