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RallySport Magazine May 2017

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The May 2017 issue of RallySport Magazine features: News / Regulars: * National Capital Rally preview * Vale: Timo Makinen * Five minutes with - Ross Tapper * Martin Holmes column * Photo of the month Feature stories: * Molly Taylor column * Head and neck safety * Subaru’s RS Challenge - a look back * Audi Magic - Dylan Turner’s Quattro S1 AP4 * A Kiwi in Argentina * A WRC hijacking in Sanremo Event reports: * WA Forest Rally - ARC 2 * Rally of Whangarei - NZRC 2 * Southern Rally - SARC 1 * Rally of Argentina - WRC 5 * Rally of Portugal - WRC 6 * Mitta Mountain Rally


FEATURE: AUDI QUATTRO S1 AP4 AUDI MAGIC Story: TOM SMITH The advent of the incredibly successful and popular AP4 category in New Zealand has revealed some of the ‘coolest’ rally cars in the Tasman region. Perhaps the coolest of them all though is the new Audi Quattro S1 AP4 car recently debuted in the International Rally of Whangarei by Aucklander, Dylan Turner, with experienced co-driver, Malcolm Read, calling the notes. The car had a soft reveal with snippets of the preparation being fed into social media, where the viewing public enthusiastically embraced the return of the Audi marque into top-level rallying. After successfully rallying a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Turner decided in October last year that he needed to build an AP4 car for the 2017 New Zealand Rally Championship. It was Choice Performance in Pukekohe – a division of Team Ralliart - who took on the project to convert the little German car into a rally winner. Using the A1 platform, the little S1 was designed and built under the careful eye of Chris ‘Choice’ Little. Locally, the Audi joins its family cousins in the forms of Andy Martin’s Volkswagen Polo and the Skoda Fabia of Glenn Inkster. Turner confessed to a deep admiration for the Audi. “I’ve always admired the Audi. The Quattro was kind of a cult car when it comes to rallying, and Audi is obviously a name synonymous with rallying. “I’ve owned Audis for the past 10-15 years, so that was how I decided to go down the Audi track,” he said. Taking a close look at the successful R5 cars built by the sister company at Skoda, the Choice Performance team decided imitation was the sincerest form of flattery and took the lead with much of the design. “We got a 1600cc Audi motor built up, based on the R5 specifications,” Turner explained. “We’ve gone for a tried and proven 1600 with the Audi block and head that has been used by the Skoda team for years.” Certainly, the new AP4 cars have proven challenging for some drivers in getting up to speed immediately, but Turner was confident that the Audi would prove competitive quickly. Dylan Turner loves his new Audi Quattro S1. Other AP4 / R5 spec cars at Whangarei included Hyundai i20, Holden Barina, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Swift and the Skoda Fabia. Turner and Read ran their Lancer Evo at the opening round of the championship – the Otago Rally - because the Audi was not quite ready. They were rewarded with a solid seventh outright, giving them some confidence for the season ahead behind the wheel of the new car. Three weeks later, and the new Audi was presented to the waiting world at the Whangerei, resplendent in its LJ Hooker/Gilltrap Group livery. Proving that the new Quattro S1 was 16 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

Second place on debut showed the potential of the new AP4 Audi Quattro. (Photo: Geoff Ridder) competitive out of the box, Turner and Read took second on debut in the NZRC. Turner actually held the rally lead on day one, after the older generation Subaru of Matt and Nicole Summerfield experienced header issues. “I knew an Audi would lead an NZRC round this year,” he quipped. “But I didn’t think it would be this soon!” Turner paid homage to the efforts of Choice Performance who built a car that is easy to drive, fast and, importantly, reliable. Despite finishing fourth overall in the event behind the two top-placed APRC cars of eventual winners Gaurav Gill/ Stephane Prevot and Ole Vieby/Stig Rune – both in Skoda R5s – Turner and Read held onto second in the NZRC behind the Summerfields in the winning Subaru. The New Zealand Rally Championship heads to the Lone Star Canterbury rally on June 4. Three more AP4 cars are currently under construction with Shannon Chambers to debut another Toyota, while Phil Campbell and Brian Stokes will deliver Ford Fiestas during the season. Team Ralliart New Zealand is responsible for the preparation of Mitsubishi competition cars for rallying, circuit racing and Targa events for both New Zealand and international competitors. Team Ralliart also stocks and supplies the full range of genuine Mitsubishi and Ralliart parts to support Mitsubishi competitors in all forms of motorsport. Team Ralliart New Zealand is owned by highly experienced Ralliart technician Chris ‘Choice’ Little, and Bill Morton who is one of the world’s most experienced Ralliart parts experts. The enterprise is also backed by New Zealand’s largest Mitsubishi Motors dealership, Andrew Simms Mitsubishi. The Quattro was built in the Choice Performance workshop in Pukekohe. MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 17

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