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Classic update after Day 1

Late Classic is shaping as being a thrilling contest with Matthew Cardinaels and Peter Nunn having a sensational battle out the front of the field, which saw the lead change throughout the opening day of competition.


Late Classic

Late Classic is shaping as being a thrilling contest with Matthew Cardinaels and Peter Nunn having a sensational battle out the front of the field, which saw the lead change throughout the opening day of competition.

With just one day’s competitive rallying under his belt in the past two years, Cardinaels was naturally thrilled with how things stand after the opening day. 

“Stage 2 in particular really suited us and we went hard. We have also switched to new tyres and are now looking forward to the final two days,” Cardinaels said.

Heading into the final stage of the day, Nunn held a slender nine second lead, but Cardinaels had a magnificent final run up Mount Buller to not only take the lead back from Nunn, but open up a 22 second overall lead.

Craig Haysman, in his 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, holds onto third position, one minute and 12 seconds behind Cardineals.

Early Classic

Jon Siddins has made all the running on the opening day of Early Classic to lead Roger Lomman in a 1971 Datsun 240Z by just over two minutes.

Siddins increased his lead throughout every stage today and is happy with how the car performed.

“It was a little scary coming up the mountain on the final stage as the fog got thicker, but overall we drove safe and are pleased with where we sit. Apart from some running repairs tonight involving welding, we’ll be all set for tomorrow.”

Colin Byrne driving an Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 is a further 10 seconds back in third place after making up three places on the final stage this afternoon.

Classic Outright

Peter Nunn and Matthew Cardinaels can’t be separated in Classic Outright after Day one, with both drivers on the same time.

Jon Siddins is third overall, 47 seconds behind the joint leaders.

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