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Marysville madness

02/04/13 | by matt [mail] | Categories: Event reports

What a great weekend at Marysville on 23-24th March!

In addition to being the first round of the Victorian Club Rally Series, John Roberts from Ford Four Car Club included a rally sprint on Saturday and another rally sprint on Sunday in addition to the traditional night-time club rally series event on Saturday evening.
For the truly adventurous, you could compete in all 3 events, plus a couple of additional stages thrown in, to compete in the full Marysville Marathon, with a full 380km of competitive stage distance.

2 mad MUCC crews, Rohan and James Teagle (Ford Escort) and Matt Swan & Paul Franklin (Holden Commodore) tackled the full marathon with 16 other teams, while Graham Pate & Cale Pearce ( Datsun 180B ) tackled the "Escort Memorial" Sprint Rally on Saturday.
Matt & Paul came home with a trophy for 2nd Outright for the full marathon. This was despite Paul succumbing to illness on saturday afternoon and again on saturday night, and the pair destroying all 12 of the second-hand rally tyres they took with them to the event, including the 2 very old rally tyres from Matts old 6x4 trailer. (Desperate times call for desperate measures!)

Going into the night stages, the MUCC Commodore crew had a 15 second lead lead over the rest of the field with only 1 stage win, but some lack of practice at night driving saw them lose 2:29 minutes to the eventual event winner Cary Seabrook/Rhiannon Philpot-Hale (Datsun Stanza). After the 10 stages conducted so far, Cary had 7 stage wins (he won every stage at night) compared to Matt's only one stage win.
In a comeback on Sunday, the Commodore pulled back 1:06 over the Seabrook Stanza, but was unable to catch it, despite the Datsun contesting the last 2 stages with no rear brakes. Amzingly, Seabrook still managed to set fastest stage times on all 5 of the sunday stages.. That's not to say Matt had it easy in the Commodore, with bald rear tyres and fading front brakes, the big Holden tried to swap ends at every opportunity, eventually putting Matt and Paul off the road on a steep slippery decent, causing them to lose 20 seconds trying to get back on the road. Fortunately, 3rd place (Andrew Taylor/Ben Courtney, 1400cc Datsun Sunny) was 3:21 behind, so second place was still in-hand.

Photo courtesy of MUCC member Mike Seidler from his road closure position, showing Matt & Paul on Sunday in the hills south west of Marysville. How good was the weather!

It will be interesting to see what happens in 2014, when this event tries for VRC status, only 1 week after the prior round, Rally Bonnie Doon.
With the roads being a mix of club level tight and twisty stuff, and well known roads from both MUCCs own VRC, the Akademos Rally and the now defunct ARC round Rally of Melbourne, there was no shortage of fantastic roads to get the heart pumping.
Regardless of the status of the event next year, if you want a challenge, you should definitely consider competing in this event next time it comes around! Thanks JR!

Marysville Marathon
(1) Cary Seabrook/Rhiannon Philpot-Hale NCCA Datsun Stanza 34:53
(2) Matt Swan/Paul Franklin MUCC Holden Commodore 36:01
(3) Andrew Taylor/Ben Courtney HRA Datsun Sunny 39:22
(6) Rohan Teagle/James Teagle MUCC Ford Escort 71:14

Escort Memorial Rally
(1) Paul Eccles/Alysha Eccles CCC Subaru WRX 6:05
(2) Brian Semmens/Dan Parry WDCC Nissan 200SXRVS12 6:08
(3) Craig Jarvie/Rob Beekman NCCA/HRA Commodore VNSS 7:09
(8) Graham Pate/Cale Pearce MUCC Datsun 180B 13:55

Marysville Stages VCRS
(1) Peter Schey/Andrew Crimson HRA/NCCA Ford Escort RS1600 11:44
(2) Andrew Pannam/Doug Fernie CCRMIT/HRA Subaru WRX 13:13
(3) Brendan Brown/Steph Richards(J) CCRMIT/PAC Datsun 180B SSS 14:53
(12) Matt Swan/Paul Franklin MUCC Holden Commodore 20:44
(25) Rohan Teagle/James Teagle(J) MUCC Ford Escort Mk2 34:24



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