While he missed out on a podium, there's no hiding that Ron Moore was more than pleased with his finish at the Caves Classic Rally on Saturday.
Held in and around Oberon, Moore, who was driving with his wife Jo, finished outright fourth, a placing he was more than happy with in the second round of the MTA NSW State Rally Championship.
"In the first heat we had set the two quickest times and we were running third outright," he said.
"But we finished the overall event in fourth, just off the podium.
"I was very pleased with the result in a 50-year-old body and a car that has done over 100 rallies."
Roads in the Lowes Mount, Essington and Vulcan Forests were used, with Moore saying the roads were in excellent condition due to recent harvesting and rain.
Contested over nine stages and 130 kilometres, it was Central Coast pairing Tony Sullens and Kylie Newell in their Citroen DS3 that won the event with just a margin of 2.1 seconds ahead of their closest rivals.
Coming in second was Mal Keough and Andrew Bennett, from Coffs Harbour, with Tom Clark and Jim Gleeson, from Sylvania, taking home the final podium position.
Finishing in fourth, the Moores were the best performing locals.
"It's our home event and our local knowledge showed in the stage times with two stage wins and sitting third outright at the halfway mark," Moore said.
"We couldn't hold them off in the afternoon and with a minor off-road excursion we consolidated with fourth outright."
Fellow local Ray Winwood-Smith was navigating for former Australian champion Nathan Quinn in a 50-year-old Mazda RXS, with the pair finishing in fifth.
Joe Chapman and Adrian Grabham came 13th in their Subaru WRX, Andrew and David Travis finished in 15th in their Nissan Gazelle, and Mark and Harrison Hudson combined to claim 17th in their Subaru WRX.
Lachlan Moore finished in 25th in a Triumph Stag, being navigated by Tony Jordan of Goulburn.
Moore praised the work that was done to make sure the event happened.
"It was an outstanding effort in these COVID times by the North Shore Sporting Car Club, Oberon Council and Forests NSW in conducting the event with thorough social distancing and COVID planning," he said.
The next round of the MTA NSW State Rally Championship will be held south of Cooma on October 31.
The open round was at Batemans Bay on July 4.