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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


F FEATURE: SKODA AP4+ PHOTOS: Peter Whitten, Geoff Ridder, Glenn Inkster By PETER WHITTEN 20 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016

ABIA-LICIOUS Glenn’s inking a place in NZ rallying history New Zealand’s embracing of the new AP4 vehicle regulations has been one of the huge positives from the 2016 rally season, and the category appears likely to go from strength to strength. And while the three cars running in this year’s NZ Rally Championship aren’t AP4 cars to the letter of the law, they’re pretty close. Glenn Inkster’s Skoda Fabia is arguably the prettiest of the bunch, and compliments the Hyundai New Zealand i20, and Andrew Hawkeswood’s Mazda 2 – all built by Hawkeswood’s Force Motorsport operation. The AP4 rules were developed for the Asia-Pacific region as a cost-effective way of building cars similar to those running under the R5 banner in Europe. The idea was to enable cars to be built locally, using locally sourced components that are controlled either by MotorSport New Zealand, or the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. ➜ AUGUST 2016 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 21

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