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Evans takes a sweep at Rally SA

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Sunday 25th October, 2015 - 9:00pm

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Glen Weston and Eli Evans with the championship trophy

Glen Weston and Eli Evans with the championship trophy

Eli Evans has completed the weekend clean sweep at Scouts Rally SA, winning the ARMOR ALL & STP Power Stage and all three Heats.

Evans took the final Heat by 30.2 seconds from Molly Taylor while Steve Mackenzie’s fight ended when he crashed on the opening stage of the day.

“The Championship yesterday, the win today, I really wanted it, and I wanted t the clean sweep. We couldn’t be happier right now!” said Evans.

“Molly Taylor did well all year, Steve Mackenzie had the pressure on too, he’s always improving, and to knock off big brother Simon Evans, who unfortunately wasn’t here, but on the first four rallies that was something special.

Completing second for the weekend, and second in the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship, Taylor endured a tough weekend even having to resort to push starting her Renault Clio through the day after a clutch fault.

“A lot of runner up’s,” said Taylor. “Hopefully we’ll be able to change that next year. At the end of the day we’re really happy with our season. It was my first time coming back to the Championship, a new car, a new team, and we did everything on an absolute shoestring.”

Ashlea James finshed third including a stage win at the Gawler Showground to complete the event.

“It’s a pretty good way to finish off a really, really difficult year,” said James.

In the National 4WD Series Marcus Walkem took the heat from Harry Bates and Mick Patton.

“We knew we had a big job to do this weekend. We kept chipping away, from the Power Stage to each Heat, and we managed to come away with the win,” said Walkem .

In the Side-by-Sides, and another Heat win for newly re-crowned Champion Cody Crocker, who held a 32.9 second advantage by the end of the day over Polaris team mate Iain Hughes with Nathan Chivers Can-Am a further minute back.

“Pretty happy about that!” said Crocker. “It’s been a big season, we were almost the underdogs but we’ve come through. We’re more than rapt!”

VIDEO: End of day wrap

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