WEDDERBURN'S Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino held their lead in the Australian Rally Championship after finishing second in the Rally of Queensland, held on the Sunshine Coast.
Second place in both heats of the event put them 6 points clear of rally winners, Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt, heading into round four of the championship in South Australia.
Day two of the Rally of Queensland was held over five stages, including consecutive runs over a 35km stage that ended the event.
Reeves and Gelsomino decided early that chasing the flying Pedder and risking not scoring points was too risky, so they set about ensuring that they finished a strong second.
“Overnight rain made the road conditions a lot slipperier than yesterday, so we needed to proceed with a little bit of caution,” Reeves said.
Reeves won the second stage of the day to reduce the gap to the lead.
The Rally of Queensland stages were again tricky, with co-drivers such as Gelsomino needing to be right at the top of the their game.
“It’s probably the hardest rally in the whole championship for a co-driver,” she said.
“You can be on a main road in sixth gear one minute, and then the next you turn onto a grotty track that requires a different approaching to reading the pace notes."
For the third event in a row, the team’s Mazda2 ran brilliantly throughout.
Round four of the Australian Rally Championship takes crews to the fast and flowing stages of South Australia, an event Reeves and Gelsomino know well.