Honda works driver Eli Evans has continued his Bosch Australian Two Wheel Drive Championship dominance by taking a clean sweep in the fourth round, Scouts Rally South Australia.
Evans withheld pressure from second placed Nissan Silvia driver Allan Roe on on today’s final treacherous stages to take the win by 1 minute 49 seconds.
The Honda driver’s famous brother, Simon Evans’ return to the series in the new Mazda2 saw him take second for the round overall, despite losing time on Sunday’s third special stage after becoming stuck in mud.
The second works Honda Jazz of Mark Pedder rounded out the top three a further five seconds behind and moves to second in the Championship points standings.
Local driver Jack Monkhouse’s misfortune continued with his Nissan Silvia S15 not taking part in Sunday’s stages because of steering damage on day two.
“It was a fantastic result for the team, particularly given we were up against some fairly strong opposition this weekend and it was particularly sweet beating Simon,” said Eli.
“We are under no illusions, Simon and the Mazda will be very quick when they sort that car and I think the battle for the 2013 title will be very tough indeed,” he added
New South Welshman Michael Boaden has kept his chase for a maiden Bosch Australian Four Wheel Drive Championship on track with back to back round wins.
Boaden now has a 61 point lead over Western Australian Mitsubishi Evo 10 driver Tom Wilde after an unstoppable weekend in the self prepared Mitsubishi Evo 9.
WA driver Nic Box, also in a Mitsubishi Evo 9 took second for the weekend in his first Scouts Rally SA appearance, just seven seconds behind Boaden and has moved into third place in the championship while Queenslander Mitsubishi Evo 10 driver Steve Shepheard finished third a further 51 seconds behind.
“Everything went perfectly this weekend, it was a great rally and it could not have been better,” said an elated Michael Boaden.
“It means we head to our home rally at Coffs in October with a very strong points advantage in the championship and we are looking forward to the fantastic North Coast roads,” he added
In the Classic Rally contingent, Neal Bates topped the first stage but was forced to retire with split bore in the Toyota Celica RA40 on the second stage and handed the day’s win to two time ARC champion Barry Lowe.
Datsun 180B driver Neville Whittenbury trailed by a mere 2.2 seconds while rally debutant Jac David in the Porsche 911 finished third.
The Bosch Australian Rally Championship heads to New South Wales’ Coffs Harbour region for round five of the series, Snake Racing Rally Coffs, October 13-14.