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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 - Sweet success for Cox in second
Cox Motorsports good fortune continued this weekend at Rally Waitomo with a podium finish, which follows on from a win at Ashley Forest recently. The car ran faultlessly with no mechanical issues and Sloan and Sarah were able to show their talent and speed together, proving that consistency and reliability is back with the Taslo Engineering Evo X.

Sloan described the rally as, “Some of my favourite roads I have driven in a long time. The fast and flowing pace suited my driving style and the car really well. It was the style of roads that rewarded the brave. I was very happy with the notes that Sarah and I wrote on a one pass recce”.

Reconnaissance commenced with an early start on Friday with the pair finishing late Friday night feeling confident they had captured it all on a one pass recce. Saturdays event had the service crew chasing the rally car around the rural roads of Piopio and Ohura, servicing in different locations, they made a plan and with the team working harmoniously, it all paid off. Sloan and Sarah believe they couldn’t have done it without their experienced service crew and support team.

“It was an awesome weekend for everyone in the team to get the results that we have been working hard for this season, also great to win two stages including the power stage. The roads were in fantastic condition and it was a well run event, we hope it will feature on the rally calendar next year,” commented Sloan.

Cox Motorsport would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who have stood by us through a rough season, it is looking up and we hope to continue up for the last round, Rally NZ.

The team will now turn their sights closer to home and focus on keeping the car reliable and consistent for the final round run over two days in the Raglan and Bay of Plenty areas.
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 - Victory for Hunt at Waitomo lines up three-way title fight

The race for the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by Dunlop and fuelled by Gull has taken another twist, with Ben Hunt’s victory at the Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally Waitomo moving him right into contention for the title at the series finale in six weeks time.

Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn took a commanding lead after winning stage three and never looked back in their Subaru WRX STi, reaching the finish 22 seconds ahead of Sloan Cox and Sarah Coatsworth’s (Rotorua) Mitsubishi Evo 10, while Hawke’s Bay driver Max Bayley and Lisa Hudson took third place in their debut in the four-wheel drive class driving a Ford Fiesta R5.

Stage one was won by championship leaders Andrew Hawkeswood and Jeff Cress (Mazda 2 AP4+) despite a puncture late in the stage, but a second puncture and an overheating engine meant the Mazda would come home in fourth place, with the fastest time on the final stage pushing them past Emma Gilmour/Anthony McLoughlin’s Suzuki Swift AP4 by just 3.2 seconds.

The Top ten was rounded out by defending national champions David Holder/Jason Farmer, having their first run in Greg Murphy’s Holden Barina AP4+, Matt & Nicole Summerfield (Subaru Impreza), Graham Featherstone/Dave Devenport (Mitsubishi Evo 7), Josh Marston/Andrew Graves (Holden Barina AP4+) and Gull Rally Challenge winners Quentin Palmer/Daniel Bassett.

The NZRC Two-wheel drive class for front-wheel drive cars up to two-litre saw Dylan Thomson and Amy Hudson take a commanding victory in their Ford Fiesta over the similar car of Max Tregilgas and Glenn Goldring, who suffered an overheating engine all day. By virtue of the victory, Thomson receives a free entry and twelve Dunlop tyres for the final round, Rally New Zealand.

The Open Two-wheel drive class saw Marcus van Klink/Dave Neill in their Mazda RX8 take the class victory after rivals and championship leaders Anthony Jones/Tanya Gwynne (Ford Escort) suffered a heavy rollover, but were thankfully okay. Second place went to Brent Taylor/Chris Ramsay (Toyota FT86) with third place going to Wayne Pittmas/Noel Moloney’s Ford Escort.

The Historic class saw Tony Gosling/Blair Read continue their domination in their Ford Escort RS1800, leading home the Mazda RX-3 of Paul Fraser/Chris Davison.

The Gull Rally Challenge four-wheel drive class went the way of Quentin Palmer/Dan Bassett, leading home Richard Bateman/Sharisse Guckert and Jono Walker/Jeremy Dawson in a Mitsubishi Evo podium lock-out, while the two-wheel drive class was won by David Taylor/Pania Huntley in their Honda Civic, leading home the Toyota Starlet of Daniel Alexander/Richard Burnett.

The final round of the Group A challenge went the way of Matt & Karl Adams’ Mitsubishi VR-4, heading home Simon Bell/Warwick Martin in their Subaru Legacy and the Audi Quattro of Phil Collins/Tracy Spark. Victory for the Adams Brothers was enough to win the title for the second consecutive year, ahead of Ben Brown/Tania Cresswell (Mitsubishi Evo 1) and the Collins/Spark Audi. Hawkeswood’s fourth place sees him extend his championship lead to 10 points over Hunt, Summerfield just a point further back, heading to the final round, Rally New Zealand based from Tauranga on November 24-26, where teams can score a possible 44 points.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 - Two top ten finishes for Holden Rally Team at Waitomo

Josh Marston and David Holder were rapt to bring both the Holden Barina AP4+ cars home in the top ten in the Rally of Waitomo, which ran 14 October.

Standing in for the team’s usual driver Greg Murphy, Holder was just six seconds off a top five finish in his debut event with the Penny Homes Holden Rally Team, while Marston finished a credible ninth.

“It was a shame to just miss fifth place,” says Tauranga-based Holder, “but it was a good result to finish and finish pretty strongly.”

Holder, who had Jason Farmer alongside as co-driver, says there were a few technical challenges with the car, as well as contending with running first on the road as the defending NZRC champion during the long day of gravel rallying around the King Country and Waitomo districts. “The fourth and fifth stages around Ohura and Pungarehu were particularly hard with road sweeping; we spent plenty of time sideways and I have to say that fifth stage was probably one of the most fun stages I’ve ever driven in the NZRC.”

Running 11th on the road with co-driver Andrew Graves, Marston says the gravel was pretty heavy for everyone. “There wasn’t the usual distinct line forming. I touched a bank in stage one, in what I thought was a very minor way, but turns out it had affected the wheel alignment and created some steering issues. Once we had that right, Andrew and I were fourth quickest on the fourth stage which shows we’re getting some good pace from the cars now. I was pleased to be trading times with Dave for a few stages, as he’s a great benchmark.”

Holder and Marston agree the 207.8km of competitive stages made for a massive, but excellent day. “Great stages,” Marston says, “and really fun to have our first dry rally since the opening round in Otago. However the distances meant service crews were scrambling to get to the designated service areas to meet the scheduled service breaks, which meant Dave and Jase had to do the first service on their car themselves.”

With this being the first season competition for the two Barina AP4+ cars, every rally is another chance to continue the development of the new cars.

“It’s great the team has ironed out some of the reliability issues they were experiencing earlier in the season,” Holder says. “Now it’s more the finetuning of handling and grip to up the pace. We have a few things we’d like to work on before the championship final in Tauranga at the end of November.”

Marston agrees that mileage is the key to continued development. “We know where we want to be with the car setup and the cars are certainly more reliable; it’s that mileage to help finetune now.”

Holder appreciates being made welcome by the team. “We definitely felt part of the team and had a great day, so thanks to everyone for welcoming Jase and I, and our guys to the team. Thanks again to Greg for the opportunity.” Marston agrees: “Dave and Jase fitted in great. It’s a very family-oriented team and everyone worked well together.”

The Christchurch-based team will return north for the final NZRC round of the year, the 25-26 November running of Rally New Zealand in Tauranga which will take competitors across to Raglan and back to Manawahe, near Lake Rotoma, for special stages which have featured in New Zealand’s World Rally Championship rounds in past years.

The Penny Homes Holden Rally Team appreciates the support of Penny Homes, Holden New Zealand, MRF Tyres, Fairview Windows and Doors, Provident Insurance, Stadium Finance, Aqualine, Supashock, RDL Performance, Rubber Developments, Racetech, Makita, Castrol, FXD Workwear, New Balance, Alpinestars, Futura Trailers, Chemz and SignBiz.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 - Top five finish for Gilmour in Rally Waitomo

After a long but consistent day, Emma Gilmour finished a credible fifth in the Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally Waitomo, in the King Country, yesterday.

She and co-driver Anthony McLoughlin brought the Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift AP4 home without any major issues over the six-stages - five of which were more than 30km long.

A tired but happy Emma, described contesting the 207km event as a “massive day.”

“We did about two hours, 16 minutes of competitive driving on really challenging, busy stages,” she says.

“The Suzuki ran very well and I’m pleased we had a good, consistent event and ended up with a top five result.”

This penultimate round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop, featured a monster final 45km stage, so there was no let-up for Emma at the end of the day. “I am happy to be building momentum for the end of the season and I have some things to work on so we can have a really good final round in Tauranga," she says. The championship moves to its final round Rally New Zealand over the November 25 to 26 weekend.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 - Win at Rally Waitomo moves Hunt into second in NZRC

A well-earned win in yesterday’s Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally of Waitomo has seen Subaru driver Ben Hunt move up a position, to second, in the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fueled by Gull and driven by Dunlop (NZRC).

The long stages centered around the Ohura, Piopio and Waitomo areas allowed Hunt to showcase the speed and reliability of his Subaru WRX STi as he took hold of the lead after special stage three and never gave it up.

He and co-driver Tony Rawstorn were steadily dominant all day - winning two stages and placing in the top three, in three more.

“We put new springs in the Subaru last weekend and the handling of the car just felt fantastic. It ran without any issues all day and allowed us to get into a flowing rhythm with the pace notes.”

“This result is awesome for all the sponsors and the crew as they have put a lot of time and money into our campaign,” Hunt says.

Hunt and Rawstorn won by 22secs over Rotorua’s Sloan Cox and Sarah Coatsworth and with Hawkes Bay’s Max Bayley and Lisa Hudson home in third, it meant Hunt has moved up the championship ladder with only one round remaining.

Sitting on 99 points, he is 10 points shy of Aucklander Andrew Hawkeswood (109) and one point ahead of fellow Subaru driver Matt Summerfield (98), of Rangiora, which stands Subaru in good stead for the Manufacturer’s Championship.

Subaru of New Zealand Managing Director Wallis Dumper says this victory is a great reward for Hunt’s persistence over the past two years. “It’s not easy to be the national champion like he was in 2015 then take a brand new standard production Subaru WRX STi and develop it into a championship-winning car, while going up against all the purpose-built AP4 cars. We are truly pleased for him and Tony, plus the whole team, who have worked so diligently toward taking basically the same WRX STi you can buy from a Subaru dealer in New Zealand to the front of the New Zealand Rally Championship,” Mr Dumper says.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 - New challenge for Cox
Cox Motorsport will be taking on the challenging Rally Waitomo this weekend, with it returning to the National Championship portfolio for the first time in many years. This has excited the team to have a change of scenery and rally on roads that the Taslo Engineering Evo X has never been on. 

After a successful 6th place at Rally Coromandel in August the team were happy with the car’s performance and after a challenging championship to date, a finish was a much needed boost to the team’s confidence. There was a sigh of relief all around the tent, when Sloan and Sarah finished with very minimal mechanical issues and the car in one piece. The team are hoping it will continue in the same way for the upcoming Rally Waitomo.

“With the conditions being what they were at Rally Coromandel the car performed well with no major faults” comments Sloan. Cox Motorsport are hoping that the weather will hold out for Rally Waitomo so that the Evo X may return with another good, consistent result.

Despite the car performing well, the team felt it was important to check the diff, as well as carry out some routine maintenance before the next round. “We took the car for a test day a fortnight ago and found a fault with the differential. Which we can confirm has been fixed after a second test” states Sloan.

Rally Waitomo runs on Saturday over 200km of special stages with most of the six stages being longer than 30km’s. Due to the length of stages, the team believes this will be a test for all competitors and will be an exciting rally to watch.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - Waitomo Rally challenges ahead for Holden drivers Marston and Holder

The Penny Homes Holden Rally Team features a new driver line-up this weekend with Josh Marston and David Holder piloting the team’s two Holden Barina AP4+ cars in the Waitomo Rally, running 14 October.

Holder, the Tauranga-based defending New Zealand Rally Champion, is joined by co-driver Jason Farmer, from Hamilton in Greg Murphy’s #51 Barina rally car. The pair were invited by Murphy to drive the car for the final two New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) events after other commitments prevented Murphy competing in these events himself.

Based in Pio Pio, the Waitomo Rally is round five of the NZRC and Christchurch-based Marston is looking forward to tackling the King Country and Waitomo roads for the first time.

Marston says: “Our goal is a trouble-free run to get some more time in the car, which only made its competitive debut at Otago at the start of this season and has continually been developed throughout the year. We have been working really hard on car pace and the last two regional rallies we have done since Coromandel in August have shown that we are heading in the right direction.”

Of the rally’s six stages which average over 34km, he says: “The rally will be interesting with all long stages and a large total distance. I have not done the stages up there before, but it sounds like they are really good and flowing.”

Holder is keeping his goals straightforward for his first rally with the Penny Homes Holden Rally Team. “First and foremost, getting to the end of such a long, gruelling event is the priority. It’s the longest one-day event we’ve had in the championship for some time. Aside from that, we’re aiming for a top five finish... not an easy task given the calibre of drivers we’re up against but Jason and I will be approaching the stages with a focus on consistency.”

Holder says it’s going to be important to get a good rhythm on the long stages as a lot of time can be lost or gained.

Marston and his Gore-based co-driver Andrew Graves, and Holder and Farmer get to see the roads for the first time during Friday’s one-pass reconnaissance.

“The roads are all new, which evens the playing field for everyone,” Holder says. “This makes it even more important to make sure we get the notes right during recce without any previous experience or in-car footage to study.”

The team has a short shakedown test lined up for Thursday, primarily to confirm Holder’s seat position in the car and make some small setup changes where needed to suit his driving style.

Holder adds: “There’s certainly plenty to take in over the course of the rally. Jase and I can’t wait to get in our seats, and send a special thanks to Greg for the opportunity!”

Murphy wishes the team the best of luck for the weekend, saying: “I am disappointed not to be competing this weekend, but on the flipside, I’m keen to see someone of David’s level behind the wheel. I’ll be keeping an eye on progress throughout the day on ChrisSport. It will be a tough rally physically and mentally with the length of the stages and managing tyres will surely become a factor, something I’m sure our MRF tyres will handle brilliantly.”

Run by the Hamilton Car Club, Rally Waitomo has attracted a capacity field of 81 entrants. From the start in Pio Pio just after 8am on Saturday, the route heads south into the King Country and back to Pio Pio for service, before heading north-east to Otorohanga in the Waitomo district before the official finish at the Hamilton Car Clubrooms around 5pm.

The Penny Homes Holden Rally Team appreciates the support of Penny Homes, Holden New Zealand, MRF Tyres, Fairview Windows and Doors, Provident Insurance, Stadium Finance, Aqualine, Supashock, RDL Performance, Rubber Developments, Racetech, Makita, Castrol, FXD Workwear, New Balance, Alpinestars, Futura Trailers, Chemz and SignBiz.

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 - Hunt keen to move up the points table at Rally Waitomo

Subaru driver Ben Hunt heads into Saturday's six-stage Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally of Waitomo third on the points table - a position he is keen to advance in this penultimate round of the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fueled by Gull and driven by Dunlop (NZRC).

The 2015 NZRC champion, Hunt has been consistently bagging points with two podium finishes to date and is enjoying extracting the full performance out of his Subaru WRX STi.

He and co-driver Tony Rawstorn are seeded fourth in the 81-car entry list and the long-term rally partners are looking forward to the level playing field the 207km rally represents. The event marks the NZRC’s return to the roads of the King Country and Waitomo districts for the first time in over a decade, providing a fresh challenge for the teams.

Centered around the Ohura, Piopio and Waitomo areas, five of the special stages will be over 30 kilometres in length and the shortest stage at 16 kilometres in length, speed and endurance will both be factors.

“Everyone is starting from scratch with their notes. It is awesome to be rallying on some new stages,'' Hunt says.

He is confident in Rawstorn's ability to fine-tune the supplied pace notes, after the recce, to the way he likes to drive. The pair are now in their seventh season together and the longevity of their partnership in the car means Hunt can commit with full trust to Rawstorn's note reading.

The Hunt Motorsports team made several set-up changes after August's Rally of Coromandel - where the Subaru WRX STi finished third overall and second in the points category - and Hunt was able to test them last weekend.

“The STi felt good in testing so hopefully that translates well to rally pace on Saturday,'' Hunt says.

Subaru is currently leading the Manufacturer's Championship standings, five points ahead of its closest rival Mazda. With Matt Summerfield sitting in second place in the NZRC in a Subaru Impreza and Hunt third, the Subaru brand is in with a solid chance of manufacturer victory if all goes well for them both at Waitomo.

Along with a number of prime spectator viewing areas through the event, the public can see the cars and drivers at the Newstead Lodge ceremonial start, running from 4.30pm on Friday at Hamilton's Rototuna Shopping Centre.

The competition starts the following morning from Piopio at 8am, with teams tackling six special stages via service stops at Ohura, Piopio and Mairoa. The first car will finish at the Hamilton Car Club on Valie Road at 5.25pm on Saturday evening where the finish ramp and victory podium celebrations will take place.

Recent Results
1B. Hunt / T. Rawstorn (4)2:12:50.7
2S. Cox / S. Coatsworth (7)+22.0
3M. Bayley / L. Hudson (6)+43.3
4A. Hawkeswood / J. Cress (2)+1:18.1
5E. Gilmour / A. McLoughlin (9)+1:21.3
6D. Holder / J. Farmer (1)+1:27.6
7M. Summerfield / N. Summerfield (3)+2:18.6
8G. Featherstone / D. Devonport (8)+2:27.2
9J. Marston / A. Graves (11)+2:34.6
10Q. Palmer / D. Bassett (21)+3:39.2
11R. Bateman / S. Guckert (20)+6:24.4
12E. Creugnet / P. Delrieu (23)+7:09.3
13K. Scherer / D. Reichenbach (38)+7:21.7
14M. Klink / D. Neill (25)+7:31.1
15B. Herbert / B. Parker (33)+7:32.9
16J. Walker / J. Dawson (17)+7:33.0
17B. Green / F. Pedersen (24)+7:40.3
18J. Shapley / S. Byrne (35)+9:06.2
19W. Redfern / R. Bartels (22)+9:18.1
20M. Adams / K. Adams (29)+9:29.0
21B. McFarlane / S. McFarlane (37)+10:04.9
22B. Taylor / C. Ramsay (28)+10:08.2
23J. Glavish / M. Brunt (45)+10:45.2
24C. Stevens / S. Stevens (42)+10:48.2
25W. Pittams / N. Moloney (43)+11:57.0
26R. Wilson / D. Elder (40)+13:29.0
27J. Hawkeswood / M. Tapper (47)+13:33.1
28D. Hinton / M. Mannion (60)+14:05.5
29D. Thomson / A. Hudson (31)+14:21.9
30E. O'Hagan / S. O'Hagan (55)+14:49.3
31M. Goldsbury / A. Watkins (69)+15:10.0
32T. Gosling / B. Read (27)+15:29.7
33M. Bertlesen / L. Fisher (68)+15:51.9
34B. Smith / A. Beck (41)+16:21.2
35D. Hearn / G. Harcus (56)+16:55.9
36J. Williamson / B. Williamson (61)+17:13.7
37T. Radovan / T. Kenrick (81)+17:16.4
38A. Smith / G. Smith (62)+17:34.0
39M. McElwain / M. Bunyard (58)+18:24.0
40J. Ward / M. O'Neill (53)+18:37.2
41S. Bell / W. Martin (52)+19:05.6
42D. Taylor / P. Huntley (57)+19:31.0
43L. Homes / B. Homes (54)+20:15.5
44P. Collins / T. Spark (50)+21:43.3
45D. Alexander / R. Burnett (63)+23:18.2
46B. Brown / T. Cresswell (51)+24:00.5
47D. Haines / I. Mason (71)+26:45.3
48L. Styles / J. Kapua (72)+29:00.0
49R. Goss / R. Leggett (70)+29:47.8
50M. Brown / D. James (76)+30:10.8
51P. Fraser / C. Davison (67)+30:49.7
52A. Treseder / M. Riach (73)+31:26.8
53A. Gillies / S. Day (66)+36:48.4
54M. Tregilgas / G. Goldring (32)+40:53.8
55A. Keighley / A. Smith (80)+46:49.0
56D. Carson / J. Post (75)+56:42.3
57D. Adnitt / . (64)+57:36.9
1C. Strang / S. Robbie (4)1:10:50.3
2J. Judd / G. Marra (2)+1.1
3D. Quantock / E. Quantock (5)+30.2
4D. Buist / K. Celeste (7)+2:04.4
5J. Clark / J. Brenssell (39)+3:05.1
6D. Cameron / M. Crook (15)+4:26.7
7G. Hawkes / N. Mulholland (11)+4:41.7
8M. Macdonald / M. Macdonald (13)+4:48.2
9R. Chadwick / R. Chadwick (40)+5:28.8
10D. Birkett / J. Birkett (28)+7:45.4
11P. Collins / T. Spark (12)+8:08.7
12S. Thorp / W. Hawes (21)+8:55.2
13M. Baltrop / J. Lynch (19)+9:09.3
14S. Cattermole / B. Cattermole (41)+9:37.9
15A. McLean / C. McLean (31)+10:10.0
16A. Wood / C. Lancaster (14)+10:36.7
17B. Green / F. Pedersen (22)+10:37.8
18J. McDonald / T. Nichols (18)+10:48.4
19G. Coey / J. Hewlett (27)+11:25.2
20A. Vause / D. O'Kane (30)+12:25.5
21R. Ford / G. Wilkinson (34)+15:30.1
22A. Eyles / J. Eyles (32)+15:41.5
23S. Thornley / A. Thornley (35)+18:29.5
24P. Fridd / C. Fridd (33)+19:02.2
25M. Harris / K. Laird (36)+37:48.3
26D. Taylor / J. Hudson (26)+56:18.3
2017 Points
1S. Ogier198
2O. Tanak161
3T. Neuville160
4J.M Latvala123
5D. Sordo94
6E. Evans93
7J. Hänninen71
8C. Breen64
9K. Meeke60
10H. Paddon55
1Fabian Coulthard (Ford)2431
2Jamie Whincup (Holden)2340
3Scott McLaughlin (Ford)2334
4Chaz Mostert (Ford)2208
5Shane Van Gisbergen (Holden)2142
6David Reynolds (Holden)1803
7Craig Lowndes (Holden)1734
8Mark Winterbottom (Ford)1671
9Garth Tander (Holden)1608
10Cameron Waters (Ford)1564
1Andrew Hawkeswood109
2Ben Hunt99
3Matt Summerfield98
4David Holder75
5Sloan Cox68
6Rhys Gardner67
7Graham Featherstone66
8Tony Gosling58
9Job Quantock51
10Dylan Turner47
1Jeff Judd149
2Deane Buist148
3David Quantock114
4Matt Summerfield107
5Carter Strang96
6Garet Thomas85
7Michael Tall74
8Richard Bateman71
9Tony Gosling61
10Ashton Wood59
1Matt Adams104
2Warwick Redfern92
3Dylan Thomson66
4Adam Bligh65
5Jack Williamson58
6Paul Fraser48
7Doug Adnitt45
8Justin Glavish39
9Daniel Alexander36
10Carl Adnitt22
1Mark Kirk-Burnnand176
2Martin Dippie172
2Tony Quinn172
4Ivan Knauf162
5Chris West156
5Graeme Coley156
5Joe Kouwenhoven156
5Leigh Hopper156
9Mike Lea149
9Robert Darrington149