Australians are known for not mincing their words so when experienced marathon rally campaigner Keith Callinan of MacKay, Queensland calls the epay Silver Fern Rally the pinnacle of the rallying calendar you know he means it! Callinan and his wife Mary Anne have competed in events all over the world and have just completed the iconic Sydney to London Marathon Rally. "We really shouldn't be doing the Silver Fern this year," says Keith. "The Sydney to London was an unbelievable financial drain. We thought that is our rally for the year but you can't not do the Fern.
NZ Rally Championship - Round 6: final (Daybreaker Rally)
Defending two-wheel-drive rally champion Hamish Anderson, Christchurch, heads to the season finale in the Manawatu this weekend needing just a handful of points to clinch back-to-back titles.
Anderson and co-driver Sarah Brennan start the grueling 12-hour marathon Daybreaker Rally with a 26-point lead in the Open class.
Without any pressure to win their category, Anderson says the biggest challenge will be to get through the nights stages and still be well placed when the daylight stages begin.
With more than two weeks until the cut off, entries are already rolling in to the Tanoa Hotel Paihia Rally of the North, with well over twenty entries already confirmed.
Entries received to date range from club based two-wheel drive competitors to three previous event winners with the rumour mill indicating at least another three previous winners indicating their intention to enter.
Mike ‘Buzz’ Lightfoot can’t wait to get back behind the wheel when the UDC V8 Ute Series kicks back into life at Taupo Motorsport park this weekend.
The series has taken its mid-winter break with the last round held alongside the V8 Supercars at Pukekohe some five months ago on ANZAC weekend and the long break in the calendar has left Lightfoot itching to get back behind the wheel.
Another class win at the VINZ Goldrush Rally Coromandel allowed Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink to claim a second championship win in the classic class of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ.
Driving the Chesters Plumbing Group B Mazda RX-7, van Klink headed to the penultimate round of the NZRC requiring just a finish to secure the title, but was unsure on what to expect from the new event.
Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield is aiming to stand on the podium again at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the GoPro Daybreaker Rally.
Along with co-driving sister Nicole, Summerfield started the season off by taking the runner up spot at the opening round, Rally Whangarei and the pair are keen to return to that form to finish off the season.
Andrew Hawkeswood is looking to send off his current Mazda 2 in style with a podium finish at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the GoPro Daybreaker Rally.
For the 2015 season, Hawkeswood will move to the new generation Mazda 2 that was recently launched in Japan, but in the mean-time has some unsettled business with the current car to resolve.
The fight for overall honours at the GoPro Daybreaker Rally is by no means a foregone conclusion. Recent results, and developments between events are pointing to a close race this coming Saturday, 27th September.
An extra team member enabled Emma Gilmour to achieve her best-ever heat race result in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) this weekend.
Rhys Millen Racing’s (RMR) inclusion of a spotter – who watches her lines, keeps an eye on the other traffic and tells her when to take the joker lap - helped the Dunedin driver to take third in the first day heat of the double-header round held at water front course at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.
The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ is set for its final showdown at the GoPro Daybreaker Rally this weekend. The sixth and final round of the National Rally championship will take place over 196 kilometres of gravel roads in the Manawatu and Taihape districts with a battle for the final championship podium positions still alive.