VRC 2011 round 5

Congratulations to Alan Roe and Ray Farrell who finished first in the 2WD class in their Nissan 200SX after competing in seven competitive stages, including an arena special stage in front of rally spectators. Alan is sponsored by JPC.

Round 5 of the Victoria Rally Championship (Rally Victoria) was held at Warragul on Nov 12
• Alan Roe (Driver) and Ray Farrell (Co-Driver) finished 1st in the 2WD Class in their Nissan 200SX after competing in seven competitive stages – including an arena special stage in front of rally spectators .

After the final round (Rally Victoria) of the 2011 Victorian Rally Championships the championship points have now been tallied with the following results:

Alan Roe
o 1st Clubman Category – Driver
o 2nd 2WD Outright Driver (finished equal points with championship winner – but relegated to 2nd on a count back of individual heats won).
o 2nd P4 (2000cc turbo-charged) – Driver

Ray Farrell
o 1st 2WD Outright Co-Driver
o 1st Clubman Category – Co-Driver
o 1st P4 (2000cc turbo-charged) – Co-Driver

The pair will be presented with their Victorian State Titles at a ceremony in January.

The year has been a fantastic result for the pair as they have both worked hard to develop the car and their Rally Racecraft. Both have distinguished careers in off road motorbike desert racing and are now learning to combine their efforts to build the teamwork and trust to negotiate the bush terrain in a modified car capable of 240km/hr. They have pitted their skill against other rally teams with over 30 years of experience and have featured well in the championship outcomes. The year was off to a shaky start with a crash in the first round at East Gippsland seeing the car return at the end of the day with only one wheel left intact to steer the car – amazingly they completed the two final stages of the heat in this condition. The pair later went on to received some coaching from World Rally Championship Competitors – Brendan Reeves & Rhianon Smyth which then saw the Roe/Farrell Team achieve their first heat win at Alexandra.

Plans are now underway to prepare for the 2012 Rally season with them set to take on the National competition in the Australian Rally Championship. The first round will be held at Victoria’s Calder Park on March 1-4: www.rally.com.au

Photos by chantallphotographix.com.au