Saxon Safari 2000 - Pyyvaara/McLoughlin 2000 Aussie Car Cup Winners

Winner Aussie Car Class Australian Championship

Winner PRC4 (2000cc+) Australian Championship

In a fitting finish to a successful season, Paul Pyyvaara and Anthony McLoughlin emerged joint winners of the Aussie Car Class in the Australian Rally Championship season finale - the Saxon Safari in Tasmania. This result has crowned the pair 2000 Aussie Car Champions and through some misfortune of P4 class pace-setters Paul Bray/Chris Curran the 2000 P4 (over 2000cc) Champions as well.

(Photos courtesy Morey Photography)

Local driver Mark Walkden in a Holden Commodore with Kevin Weldon calling the notes pushed the series leaders throughout the event finishing second in heat 1 and first in heat 2. Regular competitor Peter Menzies had the misfortune of leaving the road in heat 1 after a misheard pacenote called by Stephen Kennedy, handing the series win to Pyyvaara after what looked to become an enthralling battle with only two seconds separating the pair after the first two stages. Menzies emerged with no damage to the car and returned in heat 2 on Sunday for a smooth run to finish third. Another local driver, David Thompson navigated by Adrian Morrisby was also thrilling the crowds in his powerful Commodore and keeping all the crews on their toes with some quick stage times.

"Wow! What an event!" proclaimed Pyyvaara after Sunday's final stage at the Derwent Entertainment Centre. "We have experienced conditions including dry, wet, sleet and even snow over the past two days! I felt like I was driving in New Zealand on some of the fast flowing stages and when we were in the snow both Anthony and I recollected many hours playing Colin McRae Rally on our playstations and some of the RAC stages. Anthony even jumped out of the car on the liason to stand in the snow as it fell on the road. A fantastic experience!"

(Photos courtesy Neil Blackbourn)

The 3..2..1..GO! Rallying! team has enjoyed a successful ARC debut beginning with a win in Qld in the team's first event. Following an incident in Coffs which resulted in some substantial damage to the car the team consolidated with consistent results to claim the title. This result is surely the start of a bright career in rallying for the entire 3..2..1..GO! Rallying Team.

Such a successful debut in the Australian Rally Championship in a new vehicle would not have been possible without backing from team supporters Rallytorque, Chiptorque, PerFOURmance Motorsports, Revolution Racegear, 80's Commodore Wreckers, Hinterland Exhausts, Gizmo Teamwear, Mobil, Courier Solutions and On the Net. The team wishes to thank all our supporters for their commitment throughout the year and look forward to an ongoing association.

2000 has seen the Aussie Car Class move from strength to strength and the 2001 season is sure to be even more competitive with plenty of action to be provided by these powerful cars as they are skillfully piloted through the forests in what is accepted as one of the most successful domestic rallying series in the world - the Australian Rally Championship. The 3..2..1..GO! Rallying! team will again take up the challenge as the battle continues in the forest.

Next Event : Aussie Car Shootout - World Rally Championship Perth, Previous Event : Rally of Melbourne

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