Dale Moscatt (L) and Mark Pedder

PHOTO: Australian Rally Champions Dale Moscatt (left) and Scott Pedder celebrate after Rally Victoria.

A 38-YEAR passion for rallying has reached its climax with Victorian driver Scott Pedder achieving his first Australian Rally Championship.

Victory at Rally Victoria, the final round of the 2014 East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship, came after Pedder, co-driver Dale Moscatt and the Walkinshaw Racing Renault Clio made it through one of the toughest days of the season on Sunday.

Pedder finished second in the day’s heat, content to see the finish after season-long rival Brendan Reeves lost time with a flat tyre in his Mazda2.

“Unbelievable,” Pedder declared when his championship was confirmed after the final stage. His season had included a start-to-finish win the ARC round at the Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC event in September.

“This has been a long time coming and I have a lot of thanks to a lot of people over my long career. There were times where I didn’t think I’d ever get to this point, but this year has been pretty much perfect – great, fantastic, I can’t think of more words to explain how happy I am right now.”

Pedder reflected on the massive accident he sustained at Rally SA in 2010, when he seriously fractured his leg.

“After that I thought it was all over, that I’d probably never even drive a rally car again. So to be able to come back, fight with guys like Eli (Evans) and Brendan (Reeves) and to win a championship is an amazing feeling.

“Rallying is one of those special sports where even the people you’re fighting against are always there to help you, to support you and I can’t thank everyone over the years enough for everything they have ever done for me.”

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.