Event Director Gordon (George) Bailey pictured congratulating Scott and Andrew Modistach, outright winners of the 2005 Sea Lake Mallee Rally.

Alistair McClelland, along with navigator Rob Conlan, won Class 2 and was fourth outright. Alistair is pictured with the Barry Richards Memorial Perpetual Shield for the highest placed local driver.

Alistair McClelland and Rob Conlan heading for 4th outright and 1st in Class 2.



Scott Modistach Wins 2005
Sea Lake
Mallee Rally

JUNE 11 & 12, 2005

The first three outright placings in the 2005 Sea Lake Mallee Rally went to competitors from Waikerie in South Australia.

Scott and Andrew Modistach won their second Mallee Rally title followed by Wally and Belinda Francombe with Lindsay Foster and Trevor Fridd in third place – all with Class 1 buggies.

Different Format

The event format was quite different from previous years. Much awaited rain arrived just days before the rally, forcing the abandonment of the prologue on Saturday and the adoption of a point to point race on Sunday.

The modified race consisted of two point to point sections, commencing from the normal start area and taking in 35 km of the western side of Lake Tyrrell. Competitors were seeded in positions, based on past performances, and dispatched at 20 second intervals. When reaching the 35 km mark, vehicles were placed in park fermè where they were held until restarting the return leg, back down the same track.

Vehicles, whilst in park fermè, could not be touched by crew. Any repairs had to be done after the restart in the crew’s own time.

After reaching the start/finish line an hour break was allowed for maintenance and refuelling then competitors contested the second point to point section. Although the race distance was considerably shorter than originally planned, the majority of visitors were glad to at least get to compete.

Top Ten

The remainder of the top ten came from a wide area. Fourth outright was the local crew of Alistair McClelland and Rob Conlan followed by the single seater buggy of Shane Hutt from Sydney. Alan Gerardi and Rod Kay (Huntingdale) were sixth with Greg Harris and Ken Holt (Bendigo) next.

The first tin-top was Stephen Collett and Ross Doering’s Mildura Class 4 car in eighth outright. Shaun Dal-Santo (Windsor, NSW) in a Class 9 single seater was ninth. Reg Owen and Russell Cairns (Warrnambool) were tenth outright in a Class 8 Nissan 4x4.

The first Class 5 car was the SLORC husband and wife team of Jason and Maree Telford (Kerang). Local SLORC members Ross Allan and Paul Allan picked up third in Class 5.

Forty-four of the 79 crews who started the event managed to get to the finish line.

Complete results are available on offroadracing.com.au