In a dramatic and unexpected twist, the 2023 Shannons Adelaide Rally concluded with a tie for the top position, a rare occurrence in the world of motorsport. The grueling three-day event, featuring 29 challenging stages, saw the teams of Oscar Matthews/Naomi Tillet and Matthew Selley/Hamish McKendrick sharing the winners’ honours, marking a memorable moment in the rally’s history.
The event, which witnessed over 300 cars participating, was a spectacle of speed, skill, and endurance. The Mitsubishi Lancers, driven by the two leading teams, showcased an extraordinary level of performance and consistency throughout the rally. Car #702, helmed by Selley/McKendrick, initially took the lead on the first day, setting the pace for the competition. However, Matthews/Tillet in car #715 quickly turned the tables on the second day, leading to an intense and thrilling conclusion on the final day, where both teams astonishingly finished in a tie.
The third spot was claimed by Jack Monkhouse and Neill Woolley in their classic Datsun 180B SSS. Not only did they secure third overall, but they also triumphed in the Classic Competition category and clinched the prestigious Heritage Trophy, adding a touch of nostalgia and historical flair to the event.
In the other categories, Nigel Joyce and Justin Perkins emerged victorious in their Subaru WRX, dominating the Challenge Category. The TSD (Time Speed Distance) category saw Chris Oldaker and David Greaves taking top honors with their Renault Megane, demonstrating skillful navigation and precision driving.
This year’s rally also included some notable highlights, adding to its appeal and excitement. The Gouger Street Party, held on Saturday night, was a vibrant festivity that brought together the adrenaline of motorsports with a celebration of community and passion for cars. The addition of the first-ever Strathalbyn Town Stage on Sunday was another highlight, drawing in massive crowds and adding to the event’s already electric atmosphere. Strathalbyn welcomed a large number of visitors, including South Australian Treasurer Stephen Mullighan MP, who joined thousands of enthusiasts to witness this new segment of the rally.