Top drivers gather for 2020 Make Smoking History Forest Rally

Enjoying the ride: Mike Young and Scott Beckwith - in their Maximum Motorsport Subaru WRX STI - took out the WA Rally Championship title in last weekend's Make Smoking History Forest Rally. Photo: Supplied.
Enjoying the ride: Mike Young and Scott Beckwith - in their Maximum Motorsport Subaru WRX STI - took out the WA Rally Championship title in last weekend's Make Smoking History Forest Rally. Photo: Supplied.

In sublime conditions, 46 local gravel rally competitors took part in the 2020 Make Smoking History Forest Rally near Harvey and Collie.

The WA Rally Championship was a tight battle with four different leaders, three stage winners, and loads of thrilling moments.

The ex-World Rally Championship stages, that were used for Rally Australia, were a hit with drivers and spectators alike.

The competitors tackled 135 kilometres on eight closed-road special stages, including a 32km stage around Wellington Dam that was run twice.

The last two stages saw nine retirements, most of which were mechanical failures besides a major non-critical incident on the final stage.

The incident saw a driver and co-driver taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for precautionary checks.

Perth-based New Zealander Mike Young and co-driver Scott Beckwith - in their Maximum Motorsport Subaru WRX STI - won four of the eight stages to take the win in the WARC event.

The pair finished 0.5 seconds ahead of John O'Dowd and co-driver Toni Feaver in their WRC2 spec Truck Wholesale WA Skoda Fabia R5.

"The car ran smoothly, Maximum Motorsport produced a good car, it was great to drive all day," Young said.

"Ross [Tapper] and his team do an awesome job organising the rally, the choice of stages was a good mix and really enjoyable to drive."

Nic Box and his new co-driver, Daymon Nicoli, were quickest on every stage, taking a clean sweep to win the 2WD championship.

Alex and Lisa White, in their Information Proficiency Nissan Silvia S13, finished fastest in the Clubman Masters event, before Abe Tuckett and Glenn Macneall (Humble Bee Finance Hyundai Excel) took out the coveted Clubman Cup.