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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 Ben Hunt Galbraith was relieved to make the finish in third place. Fourth gave Rhys Gardner a strong haul of points, likewise Featherstone in fifth and Quantock in sixth. Seventh was a good reward for Strong, ahead of Gosling, who also claimed the Motogard Trophy for top historic in eighth, ahead of Thomson and Tregilgas. Two strong finishes gives Featherstone a championship lead of two points over Summerfield, with Turner, Gardner, Holder and Hawkeswood all within 11 points of the series lead heading to round three, Canterbury, on June 4. to take victory in a case of survival of the fittest. The historic class saw Tony Gosling come out with a strong start in his Ford Escort RS1800 to take the win, while John Silcock took second despite a puncture and fogging up all through Saturday. Third place went to another RS1800, this time Paul Fraser, with the final finisher being Mike Cameron’s Lancer. But up front, no-one could take victory away from the Summerfields, who had grasped the lead and run with it. In the end, even with a time penalty, the final margin was one minute, 6.4 seconds over Turner, who was stoked with his new car’s debut. Marcus van Klink Tony Gosling 32 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

Gaurav Gill won his 7th APRC event in a row with another fine drive. LUCKY 7 Reigning Asia Pacific Rally Champion, Gaurav Gill, has started the season in perfect fashion by winning the International Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand. Driving his Race Torque prepared Team MRF Skoda Fabia R5, this was the Indian’s seventh win in a row, after taking a clean sweep of the APRC events in 2016. However, it wasn’t easy for Gill and his Belgian co-driver, Stephane Prevot. For much of the event they trailed their 20-year old team-mate, Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby, who was making his debut in the APRC. Veiby and co-driver, Stig Rune Skjarmoen, won seven of the event’s 15 stages, but a brake problem mid-way through the second day saw them drop to second place – but still ensuring yet another 1-2 result for Team MRF. Team MRF boss, Lane Heenan was happy with the start to the season and for the team to achieve yet another 1-2 result. “We couldn’t really have asked for a better start to the year,” he said. “Gaurav once again showed his experience and consistency to take the win, while Ole quickly showed everyone that he has an immense amount of talent, particularly for a driver so young. “He looked on track for a fairy tale debut win, but a close second is a fantastic start to his first APRC.” Final Results, Rally of Whangarei, FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) round one 1. Gill/Prévot (IND/BEL), ŠKODA FABIA R5, 2:35:06.8 h 2. Veiby/ Skjarmoen (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA R5, + 2:02.8 min 3. Blomberg/Andersson (SWE/SWE), Mitsubishi Mirage, + 17:45.5 min 4. Takahashi/Nakamura (JPN/JPN), Subaru Impreza WRX STi, + 28:17.3 min 5. Abhilash/Gowda (IND/IND), Subaru Impreza WRX STi, + 37:42.9 min - PHOTOS: GEOFF RIDDER Jari Ketomaa MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 33

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