It takes an awful lot of hard work and commitment by a lot of people to make an overall win possible, this would hammer home the effort made and achievement that Gary Kiernan and James Fulton gained in Imokilly.
With a star studded line up of modified men from around the country the battle would be intense all day especially with a very slippery day to test the best of the crews competing. Stage 1 would see a bit of a false start with Ed Murphy crashing his class 13 escort and blocking the road for the following crews which meant everyone got a nominal time. So an 8 way tie for the lead after the opener of 6 meant this was going to be a real sprint event for the rest of the day.
Onto stage 2 and Kiernan launched a scathing attack on the rest of the crews catching them a little unawares and gaining a 4.5 second lead on the closest man George Condell in his Starlet. Fellow clubman and defending champion Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird would hold 3rd overall after getting settled into the opening loop.
Stage 3 would see the demise of Patterson and Baired being forced to retire with mechanical issues. This would leave Kiernan to fight it out with Condell for the rest of the day. As the crews pushed on through the afternoon the two cars would trade seconds with each other and being dead level after the 4th stage with 2 to go.
A big push on stage 5 would see Condell take the lead from Gary and James but with conditions being less than favourable Kiernan launched the Kiernan Milling car into the final stage and through some serious feats of skill and heroics they would take over 7 seconds out of Condell to take a famous victory by 6.5 seconds in the end and secure their names in history with Gary’s maiden win.