Last minute entrants Dean Herridge and James 'Jimmy' Marquet of Maximum Motorsport have won the MRF Tyres Boddington Rally, round three of the Onslow Constructing Western Australian Rally Championship.
In near perfect conditions with stages in great order, Herridge and Marquet won the first four of the event’s six stages and placed second on Stages 5 and 6.
Herridge said the car ran perfectly and he didn’t need to change a thing in the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI prepared by Maximum Motorsport for Graham Iddles who was unable to compete due to a date clash.
“It was a tough rally actually with a good compact course. The average speed was fairly slow around 75 kilometres per hour with lots of twisty technical sections and the gravel was slippery and loose ... the car was moving around a lot,” Herridge said.
“We had the lead by the half way mark but with the afternoon sun, dust and tough stages, I thought, well, I can only lose the rally from here, so we took a tactical approach to finish on top, and yes, it feels good to get a result. The amount of messages and support I’ve received has been really fantastic.
“I haven’t done a gravel rally in four years – the last one was a one-off event in Collie, and funny enough it was Jimmy beside me then too. Jimmy and I have only done two events together. We worked well together this weekend but there are things we can both improve on, but it was good to get a result knowing neither of us were at the limit.
“I was fairly nervous going into this rally after a decent break, I didn’t know where I’d fit in the scheme of things. The car was available at the last minute and I had a few people encouraging me to have a steer.”
“I had the family with me cheering me on which was great especially since our youngest daughter hasn’t seen me rally on gravel much at all. Boddington had great spectator points so the family had as much fun as I did – anytime skidding around in the dirt is fun!”
Herridge suggested he could compete in more WARC events later in the year.
On the second step of the podium was Nick Box and co-driver Todd Payne in their Allstar Garage 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, finishing just 38 seconds behind the winners.
In third place trailing by 3:39 minutes was Mick Steele and co-driver Tracey Dewhurst in their Natrad Malaga Japline 2000 Subaru WRX STI.
Maximum Motorsport’s John O’Dowd and Kenneth Sheil were third fastest but incurred a one-minute time penalty for an early check-in, which saw them finish in fifth place outright.
In the 2WD category, Tom Wilde and co-driver Madelin Kirkhouse finished fastest in the Verandah Apartments 1993 Honda Civic, maintaining their WARC and 2WD Championship lead.
Razvan Vlad and co-driver Daymon Nicoli won the first stage, but finished all others in second, and thus finished ultimately in second place just 23 second behind in his MAXYRally.com.au 2004 Ford Fiesta.
In third place was Kody Reynolds and Anthony Staltari in their Trade Hire 1994 Subaru Impreza.
Clubman Cup & Clubman Masters
Half the distance of the WARC, the Clubman Cup and Clubman Masters is more accessible and aimed at enthusiasts.
The Clubman Masters is a new category in 2017 for any competitor who has competed regularly in the Clubman Cup series and has held a 2WD DPI (seeding) greater than 0.8500 for more than two years as of 1st January of any year since 2007, or have been a winner of any Championship or Series.
Winning the first two stages and the event in the Clubman Cup was MAXY Engineering’s Brock Nicoli and Daniel Adams in their 1994 Hyundai Lantra. Less than two minutes behind was MAXYRally Chris Bowley and Stephen Wade in their 2007 Ford Fiesta ST. Just three seconds behind was third place finishers True Blue Alarms Andrew Percival and Jim Pearce in their 1997 Honda Civic.
Network-IT and Backup4me Julian Wright and Ian De Boer in their 1971 Datsun 1200 Coupe won the Clubman Masters.
The MRF Tyres Boddington Rally was held on 3rd and 4th June and saw about 40 competitors tackle 94 competitive kilometres.
Photo credit: CMR Photographic