Rally champs ready to rev

WA Rally Championship leader Leigh Hynes navigates the dirt section. Picture: Ben Crabtree
WA Rally Championship leader Leigh Hynes navigates the dirt section. Picture: Ben Crabtree

Busselton driver Leigh Hynes leads the championship after winning three out of four events and is gunning for his third WA title. He needs only to finish in the top eight places in the Safari Rally to claim the championship.

Dylan King, of Glen Forrest, is currently second placed driver.

Last year’s WARC 2WD Champion Driver, who turned 19 this week, played down his plans for a big finish.

‘We just want to do some skids and have some fun,’ he said.

Another local driver, John O’Dowd of Gooseberry Hill, is third and also looking for a solid finish.

While the Safari Rally is the final event of the season for outright competitors, it is the second last for 2WD and Clubman Cup combatants, whose championships wrap up at the Darling 200 around Jarrahdale next month.

The 2WD Championship remains a battle between points leader Razvan Vlad (Ford Fiesta) and Ellenbrook’s Sean Keating (Nissan Silvia). Both drivers competed at Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast last month.

Vlad finished 23rd in the FIA World Rally Championship while Keating failed to finish after crashing out.

Keating is unsure if his car will be repaired in time for the Chidlow event and if not he will borrow another car to compete.