Nothing stops team at rallysprint
WARWICK driver Col O'Brien battled a fire and flat tyre but still finished third outright in the latest round of the Albion Motorsport Rallysprint series at Yarraman.
O'Brien is again teaming with navigator Anthony Jones in the O'Brien Rallysport team this year. They were third outright in a field of 36 and also third in the four-wheel-drive class.
Driving a Mitsubishi Galant VR4, the team finished just one second from second outright.
The rally was won by Rob Bishop in a Mitsubishi EVO by more than a minute.
After six stages and 60 kilometres, six crews were second to equal sixth and within 12 seconds of each other.
O'Brien and Jones achieved a third place last Saturday after going all day without their navigational aid, which put even greater pressure on the pair.
After the rally, the Warwick driver said a leaking oil filler cap that leaked oil through the bonnet vents on to the windscreen caught fire at the end of stage 4 but did not cause any damage.
O'Brien and Jones also had a flat tyre before stage five and then lost 10 seconds on stage six when their car hit a post on a cattle grid and they had to reverse back on to the road.
“Luckily, the post broke off and didn't cause much damage,” O'Brien said.
The rally at Yarraman was the team's first event in more than 12 months and the perfect warm up to the International Rally of Queensland on July 30-August 2.
O'Brien said his team was grateful to its service crew and supporters GCA Smash Repairs and Beaurepaires Warwick, as well as the SQIT (TAFE) students who assisted in the preparation of the car for the season.