Mazda Australia has secured a convincing showroom win and a top ten finish at the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge.
Finishing eighth outright, and first in the front-wheel-drive category, the 190kW Mazda3 MPS driven by 20 year old Brendan Reeves overcome an extremely wet second day - and a minor electricl fault (which cost the team 58 seconds) - to secure the impressive result.
The electrical fault was caused by Xede, the car's on board electronic tuning tool, which coincidentally was the only non-Mazda part on the car, once resolved though the car was back on pace even finishing one stage 20 seconds faster than the previous day's time.
Beaten only by full blown AWD rally cars, and managing to finish faster than Jim Richard's Porsche 911 GT2, the result speaks for itself.
The ARC concludes on the NSW central coast with the Coffs Harbour Rally, November 15 - 16 with Neal Bates' TRD Corolla S2000 heading the round on 81 points.