Plenty to Play for at GoPro Daybreaker Rally

Press Release - 2 September 2014

As the GoPro Daybreaker Rally brings back the adventure to rallying, with just on 200km of competition in one day, there are a number of competitors who are eyeing up more than the adventure. Richard and Sara Mason may have already won the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, driven by Vinz, but the championship fight is still on for many of the classes.

The heat of the battles will be for the New Zealand Junior and Rookie titles, where Lance Williams features in both. In the race to be the top rookie driver in the championship Williams holds a 24 point lead, meaning that he would have to not finish in order to be overtaken by Max Bayley.

However in the Junior Rally Championship the best Williams can do is be tied for first, as the more experienced David Holder holds a 30 point lead. And even then Williams would have to win the class and the power stage, with Holder failing to finish to achieve the points tie.

David Holder looks to secure top placings at Daybreaker Rally.
Photo Credit: Jody Seabright

But for Holder he has set his sights a bit higher. Retaining second in the overall championship going into this final round, he is just 3 points ahead of Ben Hunt. With both of these drivers having had their ups and downs during the season, they will be the ones to watch as they go toe to toe for podium places.

For Hunt, he will be aiming for a repeat of last year where he won the GoPro Daybreaker Rally. But with only half of the event on the more familiar roads used last year, it will be the first half of the event that will be the most challenging.

Using roads around Taihape, motorsport is no stranger to the region. However the area hasn’t been used competitively in a rally event for over 10 years, meaning that the roads will be new for most of the drivers. And the rest will have forgotten most of what they knew.

Meanwhile the Daybreaker Rally is also the final round of the Geartech Central Region Rally Series, which sees an eclectic mix of young and not so young, two wheel drive and four wheel drive, head the points table.

After a string of overall and class wins, Stewart Taylor has piloted his Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 to the points lead, but it is the Mark II Ford Escort mounted Anthony Jones who is hot on Taylor’s heals with class wins and results that belie the age of the car.

Third is Tyson Jemmett, who also leads Class B for two wheel drive 1600cc cars, in his Honda Civic. With only a short rally career to date he is continuing to turn heads as he improves through the season.

The next three places are taken with 4 wheel drive cars, but there again it is an interesting mix. This includes former national champion Geof Argyle, Graham Featherstone who is competing in both the National Championship and the Central Region series, and Alan Smith who is contesting the series in his older Subaru Legacy RS.

Putting both the New Zealand Championship and the Central Region competitors together in the one event will see a good field and make for some interesting competition, as each vie for their respective points as well as pacing themselves against each other.

The GoPro Daybreaker Rally starts at 4am on Saturday 27th September from Palmfeild Motors in Palmerston North before heading to Taihape, and returning to The Square, via Apiti. Full event information and maps are available from Live results will be available from during the day.

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