WEDDERBURN brother-sister motor racing team Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth have capped off an outstanding campaign at the Coates Hire Rally Australia, finishing the event second overall.
With Reeves behind the wheel of their Mazda2 and Smyth in the co-driver's seat, the pair claimed their place on the podium with a solid second in the third and final leg of the rally on Sunday.
This followed their win in leg two and another second placing in leg one of racing near Coffs Harbour.
The event was round five of the Australian Rally Championship.
Competitors contested only three stages totalling 61km on Sunday, after the scheduled repeat of the morning stages was cancelled due to time constraints because of a dust problem.
Reeves won the longest stage of the day, the 24km "Shipmans".
And after 18 stages and almost 300km, he was just 16.1 seconds behind the overall Rally Australia winner, Eli Evans, in a Honda Jazz.
“We started leg one on medium tyres and lost a bit of time as a result,” 25-year-old Reeves said.
“On leg two, we picked up the pace and were able to manage our tyre wear better than our competitors and take the leg win.
“Sunday’s result was very satisfying, although we would have liked the chance to repeat the three stages again.
"We won the three longest stages of the rally, and endurance is proving to be one of our strengths.
“The RallySchool.com.au Mazda2 ran faultlessly all weekend and we are really happy to bring home a podium result for all the team.”
The final round of the Australian Rally Championship for Reeves and Smyth is Rally Victoria, near Warragul in November.