Rally New England kicked off last Saturday with an amazingly fast-paced and action-packed round 1 of the NSW Rally Championship in picturesque Glen Innes. Forty-Seven cars hit the 120km-long course, starting in the centre of town and quickly moving to the gravel shire roads.
The course quickly took its toll, with nine cars failing to complete stage two, and only five of those re-entering the race. Only thirty-four competitiors were able to beat the blind course and record a result.
Coming in at a fast 53:42 to land first place were Nathan Quinn and co-driver Bruce Tyler in their Mitsubishi Evo IX, a vehicle which handled the rough roads well, despite a twenty second loss in the later stages. Placing less than a minute behind were Peter Roberts and Andrew Crowley in their own Mitsubishi Evo, tackling the dirt course fast in an attempt to take down the title. Reigning NSW Champion Meng Chung suffered some ill-luck throughout the stages, his Honda Integra coming in sixth overall.
Organisers and officials were pleased with spectator participation in the later four stages of the day, kicking off after lunch with over two-hundred people turning out to support the event and drivers. A picture-perfect day completed the rally trifecta, offering up an amazing start to the NSW Rally Championship season for 2015.