Exciting Competition for Rally Wairarapa

Press Release - 10 June 2014

Once again the Tararua and Wairarapa districts will be the centre of attention for New Zealand motorsport, with the running of the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa on Saturday 28th June.

Being contested by both the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, and the Total Lubricants Rally Xtreme Challenge sees the best competitors in the country come together for the first time this the season. Making for one of the most interesting, and competitive fields at Rally Wairarapa in recent years.

Of keen interest will be the battle of the hybrids, between Alex Kelsey, Patrick Malley, and Emma Gilmour. Gilmour has already had a number of outings this season in the New Zealand Rally Championship, and is looking to develop her Suzuki Swift Maxi further after mechanical issues have dogged her early season.

Patrick Malley on form at Rally Hawkes Bay earlier this month.
Photo Credit: Jody Seabright

Meanwhile Patrick Malley had a great first outing in his Mitsubishi powered Peugeot 208, taking second overall at the first round of the Rally Xtreme Challenge, where gearbox issues robbed him of the chance to challenge for first. However Malley has proved his Polish import is fast straight out of the container.

But one of the biggest talking points is the home built special of Alex Kelsey. Although it has the body shell of a Peugeot, it is a space-framed, V6 powered, car built from scratch with parts sourced from around the world. Hence it is now officially known as a Kelsey Mad Creation (MC) 2. The brief time it was on song at Rally Hawkes Bay showed it has real potential.

However the hot favourite will once again be the Masterton flyer Richard Mason. Having taken a clean sweep of the first three rounds in the National Championship, and with an impressive record of 7 wins at his home event, it will take a special effort for Mason to be upstaged.

Before the cars hit the gravel it will be another world famous kiwi icon in the spotlight, as the rally starts from the Mangatainoka Brewery. There the competitors will be able to get a nice brew, of hot tea or coffee, before they head out from 7am.

10 hours, 9 special stages and 163km of competition later sees the crews finish at the Copthorne Solway Park Hotel and Resort. “We’ve created a testing event for the competitors”, says Clerk of the Course Dave Davies. “The way we’ve plotted the course means there are plenty of new challenges for them”.

This will make for a hard fought competition and with a mix of new cars, an exciting one for spectators and competitors alike.

Rally maps, regulations and event information are now available on the web site. www.rallywairarapa.co.nz


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