The George Derrick Memorial Trial was held on June 23.
VRC Round 5 – CCRMIT George Derrick Memorial Trial
Browns keep VRC alive!
After a few recent poor runs, Chris and Simon Brown scored an outstanding victory in this Year’s George Derrick, run in the north of the state and over the border into NSW.
Organised by CCRMIT and directed by Steve Hollowood, the Rally started at the border town of Echuca, with a daylight Division through nearby river forests, followed by a night Division. The rally was mostly route charted, together with SOME straightforward map reading.
Crews proceeded to the first competitive, being a 30 kilometre run though Bama Forest just over the border from Echuca.
Hugh Bell and Damien O’Reilly in their Datsun 1600 won the stage, and were rewarded with $100 prizemoney for their effort. And they picked up another $50 for being the fastest Grade Two. However they suffered from mechanical problems shortly after and retired. Next quickest was Chris Power and Bernard Lakerink, followed by the Browns.
Less than 10 kilometres into the first stage, a deceptive right hander claimed both John Armitage / Phil Rainer and Jim Uttleymoore / Tony Bond, who rolled their rally cars out of the event.