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RallySport Magazine May 2017

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The May 2017 issue of RallySport Magazine features: News / Regulars: * National Capital Rally preview * Vale: Timo Makinen * Five minutes with - Ross Tapper * Martin Holmes column * Photo of the month Feature stories: * Molly Taylor column * Head and neck safety * Subaru’s RS Challenge - a look back * Audi Magic - Dylan Turner’s Quattro S1 AP4 * A Kiwi in Argentina * A WRC hijacking in Sanremo Event reports: * WA Forest Rally - ARC 2 * Rally of Whangarei - NZRC 2 * Southern Rally - SARC 1 * Rally of Argentina - WRC 5 * Rally of Portugal - WRC 6 * Mitta Mountain Rally

NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU TARGA C'SHIP RETURNS IN '18 Arron Windus finished third in class. The CAMS Australian Targa Championship will return in 2018, with all eight Targa car categories included in the series. Two 'Overall' competitions in Targa events will also be recognised as CAMS national championships. One will cover the Early Modern, GT2 and GT4 competitions, and the winners will be crowned the CAMS Australian Targa Champions. The other will cover Classic and Classic GT competitions, with the winners will be crowned the CAMS Australian Targa Classic Champions. Winning teams will be invited to the CAMS National Awards dinner each year to receive their accolades, alongside the winners of the Australian Rally Championship and the Supercars Championship. "It is great news for Targa and tarmac rallying competitors across the country," Targa event director, Mark Perry, said. "To finally be recognised in this way will inspire many competitors to achieve this goal and will surely see the introduction of many new manufacturers, along with increased involvement from our current manufacturers, in the years ahead." The 2018 championship will be contested over four events, with a soon to be announced event added to Targa North West (Tasmania), Targa Tasmania and a final round at Targa High Country (Victoria). STRONG RESULT FOR WINDUS A challenging, yet promising weekend has netted Victorian, Arron mix all weekend in the young Aussie’s down on its main rivals, was in the Windus, third in class in the RSAC hands. Scottish Rally. Windus completed the 119 Despite a small testing crash on competitive kilometres just under the Thursday before the rally, Windus a minute behind class leader, Josh bounced back to achieve a strong result Cornwell, and was 18th overall. in the wet conditions. At the head of the field, it was an epic Windus won the first stage of the battle between championship leader event by over 20 seconds, but a Fredrik Ahlin and local man David puncture slowed he and co-driver Bogie. Richard Crozier on the second of Prior to the final stage, it was Bogie Friday’s two night stages. who led by the slenderest of margins However, a continually improving (0.1 seconds) in his Skoda Fabia R5. performance on Saturday proved his, However, a damaged radiator and the car’s potential. forced Ahlin to retire on that final The 21-year-old praised the Vauxhall stage, coming heartbreakingly close to ADAM’s capabilities on the demanding another BRC win. Scottish roads. Behind winner Bogie, Osian Pryce “It was fantastic to drive and never and Martin McCormack completed the missed a beat – even in the difficult podium positions. conditions. The next round of the MSA British “I was surprised we were able to stay Rally Championship heads to the worldfamous Ypres Rally in Belgium for the in touch with many of the R2 cars in class,” he said. very first time. The Vauxhall, though 40 horsepower - LUKE WHITTEN Scottish Rally winner David Bogie. 34 Photos: | RALLYSPORT Red MAGAZINE Bull Content - MAY 2017 Pool

5 MINUTES WITH .... 5 minutes with ... ROSS TAPPER After 30 years as Forest Rally Clerk of Course, Ross Tapper has handed the reins to John Gibbons. But his involvement in rallying is far from over! PHOTO: John Doutch Story: PETER WHITTEN Congratulations on your “retirement’ from the Forest Rally after 30 years as CofC. What brought about your decision to relinquish the role? I am certainly not retiring and walking away from the event or the sport. The event is now set up so it is not dependent on anyone in particular for it to run on the weekend, however, I have been conscious for some time of the fact it relied on me in the months before the event to source the sponsorship, government approvals and to generally get the workings of the event up and running. John Gibbons asked one too many questions about running events, so I asked how keen he really was and he indicated he was willing to step up as Clerk of Course. I could have dragged him on for another five years learning the role, but decided the quickest way for him to learn is hands on. After 30 years being Clerk of Course it was time to hand over to a younger person to ensure the Forest Rally will stay a strong event for many years to come, and I am hopeful that I will be part of the leadership group for many years to come. You’ve seen many changes in the sport over those years. What things stick out the most as being pivotal to the ARC, from a positive and negative aspect? When I first started out, the championship was six individual MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 35

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