Australian Rally History

by Tom Snooks
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Leg 8 – Bourke to Goondiwindi

Andy Crane and Tony Jordan, 1972 Peugeot 404

Andy Crane and Tony Jordan, 1972 Peugeot 404

The last day but one, with four competitive sections in 785km (163km or 21% competitive). An important day for potential trophy class winners to pick up time to overtake a front runner or lose time and drop back.

After a 130km run from Goondiwindi came two sections only 8km apart. ‘Glenmore’, tight and twisty was a challenging and enjoyable section, was a smooth twisting property track but care had to be taken in the rocky stretches. Then came ‘Ellerslie’, also busy, which was a mixture of tracks which showed water damage in a few places due to recent heavy rain. There were a few gates and straight runs along fencelines and a couple of water channels to cross.

A long 155km was needed to the next section, ‘Bucket Road’, which was through open and fast flat country. ‘Mungeroo Creek’ followed after refuelling at Lightning Ridge and was, in parts, very tight, twisty and hard to read with some incorrect instructions which resulted in the early competitors being momentarily ‘lost’. It was a fast blast over property tracks with some meandering around dams. This was the last serious section of the 1995 Mobil 1 Trial.

Away from Bourke at 0700 and into Goondiwindi at 1745. Competitive sections of 18, 37, 30 and 50km. 51 started and finished the Leg.

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