Pair plot podium finish

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
2017 State Champions Tom Wilde and partner Madelin Kirkhouse
Camera Icon2017 State Champions Tom Wilde and partner Madelin Kirkhouse Credit: Supplied/Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Supplied

State champion for 2017 Tom Wilde will compete in the 2019 Make Smoking History Forest Rally with partner Madelin Kirkhouse as his co-driver.

The two met through rallying and won their first event and State championship together in 2017, driving a two-wheel-drive Honda Civic to defeat a field of more powerful four-wheel-drive cars.

They were the first to win the State Championship driving a two-world-drive car in 30 years.

Kirkhouse grew up around rallying families and started competing in khanacross (time trial rallies) when she was just 12 years old.

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Wilde also won the 2010 State Championship and the 2011 Australian Junior Challenge in Coffs Harbour.

The rising star was runner-up in the 2013 Australian Rally Championship where he competed in rallies all over the country in both 2012 and 2013.

Wilde said the favourite for this event was Harry Bates driving a Toyota Yaris AP4 but it was set to be a tight contest.

He said they had a proven and reliable car and were eyeing at least a podium finish.

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