Rock beats scissors and Porsche
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Triumph and disaster are the only words to describe the Scouts Rally SA for Jeff David and Grant Geelan in 2011 – with an incident on day two prematurely ending the weekend. David and Geelan were forced into an early retirement on the second day after suffering damage from a rock on the racing surface – ending their near dream run in the Classic category.
The weekend was off to a bad start because a mistake in tyre choice and two spins saw the pair 35 seconds off the leaders at the end of the first stage.
However, this just made them more determined to show the power of the Porsche in the rest of day one and ended up closing the gap by 34.2 seconds and trailed by just 8 tenths of a second after winning the remaining stages of the day.
Day two was looking set to be the perfect day for a Porsche in the Adelaide Hills and the David/Geelan combination flew through the day’s first stage. However a large rock which had been dragged onto the racing surface, just three kilometres shy of the stage finish, saw the end of day for David and Geelan.
Despite still winning the stage by a staggering eight seconds, the decision was made to withdraw their entry from the event due to the damage to the rear suspension.
Geelan explained, “There were still another three long stages until there was a chance to fix the damage, so we decided it would be best not to risk further damage to the car.”
David and Geelan’s next event will be round four of the Australian Classic Rally Championship in Coffs Harbour from September 8-11. This will also be run in conjunction with Australia’s round of the World Rally Championship.