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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


REPORT: 2017 RALLY OF WHANGAREI - NZRC 2 The International Rally of Whangarei always throws up curve balls in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, and with a weather bomb thrown in for good measure, the 2017 version was no different. In the end, Matt and Nicole Summerfield would overcome a 50 second time penalty to lead home Dylan Turner/Malcolm Read and Darren Galbraith/Rocky Hudson. PRE-EVENT There was big excitement around the event that saw the four-wheel drive debut of former V8 Supercar star Greg Murphy in a Holden Barina AP4+ car, the first showing of Turner’s new Audi S1 AP4, and also the championship debut of Marcus van Klink’s triple rotor Mazda RX-8. The route itself was familiar to most of the field, stage 3/7 returning for the first time since 2014, and stage 11/14 returned to the Waipu Caves format. Also new was stage 4/8, Oramahoe, previously seen in editions of Rally of the North. DAY 1 After two passes of the super special stage on Friday night, Sloan Cox and Sarah Coatsworth held the lead over Ben Hunt/ Tony Rawstorn and a returning Phil Campbell/Lisa Hudson. However, once crews got out on the cambered country roads north of Whangarei, it was championship leaders David Holder and Jason Farmer who set the pace in a tight battle that saw the top six cars covered by 6.8 seconds. What was thought to be an inconsequential lead overnight proved quite handy for Cox, who now led Holder by more than five seconds. Stage four saw another name at the top of the time sheets, this time Galbraith, who became the seventh stage winner of the season, rocketing himself up to third place behind Cox and Holder. Summerfield and Emma Gilmour/Anthony McLoughlin rounded out the top five. With crews headed for the refuel, there were plenty with tales to tell amongst the front runners, amongst which Glenn Inkster, who had shown he was on the pace in Otago, was stranded in stage four with an alternator problem. Several crews, including Murphy and Clint Cunningham, were having issues with fogging up in the car, Cunningham’s enough to force SIBLING ... as Featherstone takes NZ Rally Story: BLAIR BARTELS Photos: GEOFF RIDDER 28 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

SUCCESS Championship lead Matt and Nicole Summerfield won the Rally of Whangarei in their Subaru Impreza WRX. MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 29

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