Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Roe sprints to win

David Lee March 3, 2016

LOCAL businessman, Alan Roe has announced his arrival in the sport of tarmac rallying with a definitive outright win in the Mt Baw Baw Sprint, the first round of the 2016 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship.

In only his second tarmac event, and the first with Perth-based co-driver Michael Lloyd, Roe came home two minutes and 17 seconds ahead of Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (1985 Mazda RX7).

With a background in gravel rallying at state and national level, Roe said, “The aim for the weekend was to have fun, go fast and keep the car tidy, so we’re very pleased with the result.

“It was a bit of a shakedown for us, to see how we’d go together, but we worked really well in the car and I’m certainly keen to come back and do more of these events. We really enjoyed it.”

The next round in the series is the Lake Mountain Sprint near Marysville in the Yarra Ranges National Park over the weekend of May 28 and 29. Competitors then have to wait until the weekend of September 24 and 25 for their next fix during the Snowy River Sprint at Lakes Entrance, before the 2016 ‘grand final’ during the Great Tarmac Rally near Marysville on December 10 and 11.