Alex Kelsey is registered for both competitions and is looking to get double the points haul, while in the New Zealand Rally Championship field Emma Gilmour continues to develop her 4WD Suzuki Swift Maxi, and the inform Ben Hunt is looking to continue his form from Rally Whangarei. Meanwhile Matt Jansen is a welcome return to the championship after missing the last round.
However they will all be following championship leader Richard Mason, who is the number one seed for the event. With his previous battles with Hayden Paddon having upped the commitment and speed, Mason is going faster than he ever has. His job has been made easier by Paddon having not entered, being on international duty in Europe, but it won’t take much for the others to pounce as their pace has been improving all season as well.
Adding spice to the two wheel drive category is Tony McConachy in his Hyabusa (motorcycle engine) powered Toyota Starlet. Having competed with distinction in Rally Xtreme and the Central Region Rally Series, McConachy has moved into the National Championship to test himself against the likes of Josh Marston and Phil Campbell in their R2 spec Fiestas.
Keeping history alive is a highly competitive trio who have brought their classic cars up from the South Island. Marcus Van Klink in his Group B RX7, along with the Escort RS1800s of Jeff Judd and Deane Buist are guaranteed to be spectacular and keep the crowds of spectators happy.
“We are looking forward to the battles all through the field”, says Jody Seabright media manager. “With such a diverse field of cars and three different competitions within the event there is something for everyone”.
The competitors start from Manfeild Park in Feilding at 8.30am on Saturday 29th June, with the first competitive stage starting at 9am, just north of the town. Competition then moves to the township of Apiti with two loops to the surrounding roads, before the rally finishes in the centre of Feilding at 4pm.
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