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Daniel Gonzalez and Caleb Ash take out highly anticipated Karri Valley Rally

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
One of two Clubman Masters entrants, Stephen Vass and Steven Crawford in their 1970 Datsun 1600.
Camera IconOne of two Clubman Masters entrants, Stephen Vass and Steven Crawford in their 1970 Datsun 1600. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Manjimup was alive with energy and excitement on Saturday when the Karri Valley Rally took over the town during round four of the WA Rally Championship.

Daniel Gonzalez and Caleb Ash took out first place in their 2018 Hyundai i20N in the main event of the day, which saw hundreds of locals and visitors line the tracks as dozens of rally cars sped through 119km of dirt tracks.

Rally cars line up for their turn around the Motocross track.
Camera IconRally cars line up for their turn around the motocross track. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Nic Box and Tammy Adams were first in the 2WD Championship in their 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, followed by Gary Mills and Mitch Gray in second and Julian Wright and Jeff Huggins in third.

Damien Cadoux and Gaetan Taglialatela took out first place in the Clubman Cup in their 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer, followed by Michael Connor and Eden Hughes in second and Scott Bennett and Gavin Turner in third.

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Finally, with only two entrants in the Clubman Masters, Andy van Kann and Catherine Saayman fought hard to take out first place in their 1974 Toyota Corolla TE27, with Stephen Vass and Steven Crawford following closely behind in second.

The rally was again a massive success, despite it having to end early because of a collision that caused a tree to fall across the track.

Course clerk Neil Trethowen said he was pleased with how the day went, although many racers were disappointed they did not get to finish.

Clubman Masters winners, Andrew Van Kann and Catherine Saayman in 1974 Toyota Corolla TE27.
Camera IconClubman Masters winners Andrew Van Kann and Catherine Saayman in their 1974 Toyota Corolla TE27. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

“It was disappointing to have to call off the event at the seventh stage but roughly 80 per cent of the rally was still completed which allowed for winners to be awarded.”

“A few racers were disappointed that they did not get to drive the final stage in the dark, however, moods were positive post-event with many people still running on a high during the presentations at the Tall Timbers Brewery.”

Mr Trethowen said he was already starting to think about next year’s rally and how to make it bigger and better for everyone involved, including spectators and residents.

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