"Walkerville All Cars Club"

"Velo Seats Rally"

"2004"

On Saturday 10th July 2004, the Annual Walkerville All Cars Club Inc. held Round 3 of the 2004 South Australian Rally Championship in the Robertstown area.

The Event was proudly sponsored by "Velo Seats" with stage sponsors as listed below"

Will Orders in action

Autosport Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA
Carburettor Sales and Service Kent Town Auto Tune
Contact Communications McIntyre Crash Repairs
MGA Insurance Brokers Ampol Norwood
Povey Motors Silverstone Tyres
Revolution Racegear DAKAR Rack Systems
Revolution Racegear Saratoga Software Distribution

Entry List

The event commenced at 12 noon, with 30 cars leaving Rally Headquarters at the Robertstown Oval for competition through a 12 competitive stage course, 8 during daylight and 4 at night, set out by the organisers for the Drivers and Navigators negotiate.

After the daylight session, the cars returned to the oval and were attended to by their Service Crew/s to check them for any faults and make any adjustments that may have been required.

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Car 8 - Robert Whyatt's car prior to going out for the night stages

 

 

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Car 9 - Tim Ramage's car waiting to go out on the night stages after it had been serviced

At 6pm they left for another 4 stages, which was run during the night. 

There were some minor incidents throughout the event by the way of cars running off the track and being unable to continue and others which had some type of vehicle failure.

Provisional Results were posted at the end of the event for Drivers & Navigators to see how they went and in particular for the spectators, how their favourite driver was able to drive during the event.

Overall, according to the Organisers, the event ran smoothly and was very successful.

Final Results with be posted when they are available

 Below is a copy of a Media Release issued by the Club after the Event:

MEDIA RELEASE

12th July 2004

Orders extends lead in SA Rally Championship

Will Orders has won the 2004 VELO Seats Walky 500 Robertstown rally held on Saturday with an aggressive but controlled drive in perfect weather conditions. The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 1 performed faultlessly throughout the demanding 102 competitive kilometres using an ex Tommi Makinen engine to full advantage to take the win by one minute 31 seconds. 21-year old Orders takes a 45-point championship lead over contender Roman Watkins who failed to finish after an off road excursion resulted in suspension failure.

Mitsubishi driving South Australians Declan Dwyer and second place getter Steve Winwood took the charge right up to the Victorian winner however the Worlds End creek was to claim its first victim as Dwyer split a Turbo Intercooler hose costing him an unrecoverable four minutes. Dwyer was ecstatic to be matching times with the highly rated interstate crew and was looking a chance for an upset win. Third place went to local Mark Povey after a faultless run in his Subaru WRX Sti.

Two wheel drive honors and eighth outright went to Broken Hill’s Brett Baldwin moving him to 5th outright in the SA Rally Championship. His aging Datsun 240K absorbed the punishment delivered by the roads around Robertstown delivering a slim 16 second lead over Mick Baldwin in an exciting father-son battle.

Of the 28 starters, 20 finished the event with the most spectacular retirement undoubtedly being that of Boyd Symonds who “end-over-ended” his Falcon over a fence in the Inspiration Point area. “I’ve had worse in speedway” commented the Broken Hill resident as First Aid medics attended to him.

The event was considered a resounding success by all involved and a fitting celebration of the Walkerville All Cars Club 50th anniversary. Crews now look forward to the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA to be held on 31st July/1st August, round four of the SA Rally Championship and Globalstar Australian Rally Championship.

Enquiries:      Scott Hochwald

                        Mobile:          0417 877 328

                        E-mail:           scott_hochwald@yahoo.com

See you all next year!

For more information about the Car Rally, go to the Walkerville All Cars Club Web Site.

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