Wedderburn stars in front

WEDDERBURN siblings Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino have made a brilliant start to the Australian Rally Championship.

Racing in their RallySchool.com.auMazda2, Reeves and Gelsomino won both opening heats in Canberra.

They also won the Power Stage in the national capital to be leading the championship race.

The rally showdown was an intense duel between Reeves-Gelsomino with Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt in a Renault Clio.

Wedderburn's stars overcame a 1.2 second going into the final stage by clinching victory from Pedder by 6.6 seconds.

"What an awesome feeling it is to be on the top of the podium," a delighted Reeves said.

"We had a fantastic run again (day two). The battle with Scott (Pedder) was hot and I'm so happy that we were able to nail it on the final stage.

"Once again the Mazda2 ran perfectly and I thank our hard working team for that.

"Road conditions on the final day were perfect. Rain meant that dust wasn't an issue and apart from a couple of small ruts, the roads held up really well."

Reeves started the final day by scoring a 3.3 second win ahead of Pedder.

Stage two was won by Pedder to cut the lead by Reeves to just two seconds.

The final three stages of the day were a real tussle.

Reeves won the first by one and a half seconds, but Pedder bounced back on the second-last stage with a 4.7 second victory, giving him a 1.2 second margin with just one stage to go.

Reeves and Gelsomino reigned supreme in the third and final stage to regain the lead in the title race.

Round two in the Australian Rally Championship will be the QUIT Forest Rally in Busselton, Western Australia, from April 4 to 6.

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