Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield took redemption on the second day of the International Rally of Whangarei, the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, over the weekend.
Summerfield headed to the event looking to show good speed, but the failure of a cambelt tensioner on the first super special stage on Friday night saw the car grind to a halt within a kilometre of the start of the rally.
While many teams would have given up, the Matt Summerfield Rallisport team got stuck in, working right through the night and the following morning to rebuild the engine. That more...
Tauranga’s Phil Campbell has vowed to come back bigger and better after a frustrating second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the International Rally of Whangarei.
Campbell headed to the event confident that the car was in top shape, but struggled in the early running, unsure why the speed that had bought him second place in last year’s championship now saw him sitting outside the top ten.
The afternoon loop saw an increase in speed to be inside the top ten, but again not where Campbell wanted to be in eighth place overall.
Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink has recorded a near perfect result at the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the International Rally of Whangarei, over the weekend.
The event is one that van Klink always looks forward to and he started well this year as the fastest historic across the two opening super special stages.
Out on the full length stages the following day, van Klink moved the Chesters Plumbing Supplies Mazda RX-7 ahead early when he won two of the three stages, opening up a gap of close to 25 seconds, while also battling hard for more...
Rally Whangarei could not have started any better for Cox Motorsport, with Sloan Cox and co-driver Sarah Coatsworth taking a win on the opening Super Special Stage on Friday night. From the get go, the pairing felt comfortable in the Taslo Engineering Mitsubishi Evo X and car speed came naturally for them.
From the start of Saturday’s stages Cox knew that he had to post top stage times and with the surprise of a two minute gap at the startline of the day’s first stage, due to another competitor not starting, Cox made the most of the opportunity of less more...
1 May 2016: New Zealand’s World Rally Championship stars Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard have come away from the second round of the New Zealand Rally Championship feeling positive about the longer term prospects of their New Zealand-built Hyundai i20 rally car and the wider project around the car.
While the pair, who won their first WRC event in Argentina just a week ago, didn’t feature on the overall results of the 29 April – 1 May running of the International Rally of Whangarei due to driveshaft issues on Saturday, Paddon says he’s pleased with the car’s potential.
Mount Maunganui’s David Holder has taken his maiden round win in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at a chaotic second round, the International Rally of Whangarei. Holder and co-driver Jason Farmer took their Stadium Finance Mitsubishi to a victory of 1 minute 29.6 seconds over Emma Gilmour and Anthony McLoughlin’s Vantage Suzuki Swift and the LJ Hooker Mitsubishi of Dylan Turner and Rob Scott.
Holder started the day with a comfortable lead but was wary that in four previous attempts, he had yet to finish the event. A steady day meant he would take victory, which also more...