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RallySport Magazine August 2016

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The August 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine is now available, and includes: Latest news: * Dowel backs rallycross to be bigger than V8 Supercars * Quinn’s Rally Australia WRC car bid falls short * New WRX STi could be Rally America bound * Up to 10 AP4 cars for 2017 NZRC * Skoda R5 for Mark Pedder at Rally Australia Feature stories: * Famous stages - New Zealand’s Motu * A close look at the Skoda Fabia AP4+ * Group B Mitsubishi Starion 4WD remembered * Budget rallying - Hyundai Excel * Where are they now - Wayne Bell * Hayden Paddon column * Vale: Steve Ashton Interviews: * Molly Taylor - Subaru factory driver * David Holder - NZ Rally Champion * Col Trinder - Chairman of ARCom * Emma Gilmour - NZ’s fastest lady Event reports: * Rally of Finland * APRC - China Rally * Catalans Coast Rally * NZ’s Northern Rallysprint Series * Walky 100 Rally, SARC

NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU NZ news RALLYCROSS By BLAIR BARTELS The 2017 NZRC Calendar is starting to take shape, with the first two rounds locked in, being the Otago Rally and Rally Whangarei, subject to the FIA confirming the APRC calendar. As many as 70 cars may fill the field for the final round of the 2016 NZRC, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, with 43 NZRC cars expected. It will be the largest championship field in recent history. Amongst that field will be two Australian drivers: Brendan Reeves, running a Mazda 2 Maxi-style car, and Bruce Fullerton, driving a Mitsubishi Starion. Bolstering the international field further is Patrick Christian, who will drive a Mitsubishi Evo 10. Gull Rally Challenge competitor, Bryn Smith, will miss the final round after fracturing his back in an accident while participating in the Tauranga Clubman’s Rally. Smith was the only competitor who could challenge Kingsley Jones for the title, and is recovering well for next season. The Tauranga Clubman’s Rally saw several NZRC contenders out competing, with Matt Summerfield taking the win in the Team Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Mirage normally campaigned by Brian Green. Second was Phil Campbell, denied a hat-trick of wins on his home event, while third place went to Wayne Pittams. Three time national champion, Neil Allport, will make a return to the stages for Rally Coromandel, driving his Ford Escort RS1600 (pictured). He will be in good company with four time champion, Bruce Herbert, driving his Hondapowered Mk2 Escort, while outgoing champion, Ben Hunt, and champion-elect, David Holder, will both be fighting for the outright win. Sean Bolger leads Justin Dowel and Will Orders at Lakeside (above), while Orders gets his Lancer Evo sideways. (Photos: Mat Jones) Photo: Geoff Ridder 10 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016

HITS THE TARGET “It has the potential to be bigger than V8 Supercars.” - Justin Dowel By PETER WHITTEN There’s still a chance that rallycross could be the next ‘big thing’ in Australian motorsport, after a successful event in Queensland on August 6. After a couple of failed attempts to get rallycross up and running last year, an event was held at the Lakeside Motorsport Complex, north of Brisbane. Competitors included 2011 Australian Rally Champion, Justin Dowel, and former Australian junior champion, Will Orders, who both came away from the event brimming with enthusiasm. Entry numbers are growing with each event run, and Dowel says he’s seen enough to believe there is a big place for rallycross in Australia. “When we lined up for the start of the first race, I literally thought it was going to be quite boring driving around a short, one kilometre track,” Dowel said. “But as soon as I got to the first corner I quickly realised how intense rallycross is, and fell in love with the concept and can’t wait to see the sport grow.” The Melbourne businessman drove the Hyundai i20 Proto that he normally campaigns in the Australian Rally Championship, and says that after sampling rallycross he has little interest in future ARC campaigns. “It was an incredible experience. The sport is spectator friendly and the action is close and insanely addictive,” Dowel added. “With the uncertainty regarding the ARC regulations at present, I have no interest in being involved in the championship until they come up with a solid five-year plan. “I would much rather put my full support behind rallycross and help to see it grow to the heights that I’m certain it can achieve. “I have no doubts that it has the potential to be bigger than V8 Supercars, and Will (Orders) and I have already started putting together plans to run a two-car team of Hyundais in the series, and build future G4 Proto cars for the sport. “The cars are extremely exciting to watch and relatively cheap to build and maintain.” Rounds of a national rallycross series are expected to be held in each Australian state. Also competing in the Lakeside event was 13-year Sean Bolger, a young Queenslander who has already been mentored by Alister McRae, and is seen as a real star of the future. AUGUST 2016 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 11

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