Daybreaker Is No Foregone Conclusion

Press Release - 22 September 2014

The fight for overall honours at the GoPro Daybreaker Rally is by no means a foregone conclusion. Recent results, and developments between events are pointing to a close race this coming Saturday, 27th September.

Phil Campbell is riding high after topping the time sheets at the recent Vinz Goldrush Rally of Coromandel for the Brain Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, driven by Vinz. Breaking the centre diff in his Evo 9 at Rally Wairarapa had a silver lining when the new unit showed that the old one hadn’t been working properly for some time. This transformed the handling of the car and Campbell’s results.

David Holder has been posting podium finishes through the season, despite a number of niggling issues, unexpected co-driver illness, and it being his first season in a 4 wheel drive car. For the Daybreaker his learning curve turns sharply with the announcement that John Kennard will partner him for this final round of the championship. Making the most of a break in his WRC duties with Hayden Paddon, John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that Holder is looking to make the most of.

Richard and Sara Mason are top seeds for the GoPro Daybreaker Rally
Photo Credit: Jody Seabright

Following additional testing and development work, Andrew Hawkeswood has improved the performance of the Mazda 2 and initially showed some impressive speed at Coromandel. He will be looking to continue to build on that work here.

Ben Hunt won his first national championship round at the GoPro Daybreaker Rally last year. A feat that he could well repeat again. Punctures and minor issues have dogged his campaign so far this season, but when he has been on song he has shown that he is very competitive.

However few will be betting against the matrimonial team of Richard and Sara Mason. It is hard to look past their dominating performance to date. Back prior to Rally Wairarapa their press release said “New Tui Billboard: BNT Mason Motorsport expected to cruise”. It would be fair to expect that nothing has changed since then. “There’s no doubt we go to every rally wanting to win,” says Richard.

However there is one unknown that could throw up surprises. And that is a return to the roads of the Rangitikei. Unused in rally competition since the turn of the century, this will effectively be new territory for the competitors, and with the first two stages prior to day break anything could happen, and probably will.

That will play into the hands of a few dark horses, and may well mix things up a bit. Manawatu local Tony McConachy is taking time to transition from 2 wheel drive to 4, but he knows these areas well and knowledge boosts confidence. Matt Summerfield and Lance Williams have shown good pace at times, and will likely benefit if others falter. However it is Brian Green who one of the few likely to have competed on all of the stages at some time in his career. It will be a matter of how much age and experience can overcome youth and enthusiasm.

With almost 200km to contest, the fight is on to see who can last the distance, and then who can stand tallest on the podium. It will certainly be an exciting challenge for competitor and spectator alike.

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