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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

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REPORT: 2017 RALLY OF WHANGAREI - NZRC 2 retirement. The other Barina of Josh Marston/Andrew Graves had a series of issues that was traced back to a split wheel rim and would cause them to retire at the refuel. Back on the stages, the rain got heavier and Holder took another stage win, allowing him to move into the lead of the event. Turner’s new Audi was continuing to get faster and faster to claim the second fastest time with Galbraith Darren Galbraith third, while the road conditions, which had copped a battering prior to the event with two tropical cyclones battering the area in the weeks leading up to the event, meant punctures were an issue for both Andrew Hawkeswood and Graham Featherstone. The morning loop would be rounded out by the power stage, Helena Bay, with bonus points on offer. This was the stage were Summerfield mounted his attack, taking the stage win by Andrew Hawkeswood 1.9 seconds over Featherstone, with Turner, Galbraith and Cox taking the remainder of the bonus points. The stage win also fired Summerfield to the lead of the event, with Holder forced to drive the stage, one of the tightest of the event, with no power steering. After service, teams would tackle the same four stages in the afternoon, although stage eight would be cancelled due to a road accident. The drama started before the stage, with Hawkeswood and Campbell both retiring on the touring route with drive train issues. Then in the stage, Murphy left the road, while Gilmour was forced to park up after hitting a pile of rocks and damaging the suspension, while Hunt lost five minutes with a puncture. That left Cox to resume the lead, and a stage win aided Holder’s fight back as he moved into fifth. The Gull Rally Challenge, contested across the first day of the event, saw Warwick Redfern take the four-wheel drive class win. Initial pace setter, Matt Jensen, cleared out early before leaving the road in stage six, while a puncture in stage nine dropped Adam Bligh to second place, with Matt Adams taking third and the Group A challenge class win. Michael McLean survived a scary fire in stage nine, but was forced out of a fourth place taking by Jono Shapley, while Richard Rau rounded out the four-wheel drive finishers. The twowheel drive class went the way of debutant Chris Gracie, who led home Dan Alexander and Doug Adnitt. Stage nine again saw Holder take the victory over Turner and Summerfield, while Cox slowed from the rally lead with a turbo failure. That would leap frog Holder into second behind Summerfield, however, the Hyundai would stop touring to the next stage with cambelt failure. The final stage of the day would have a further sting in the tail, with Cox’s miserable late afternoon continuing when he left the road. A storming run from Turner saw him take the stage win and move into Find us at: www.chicane.co.nz Frank Kelly, Ford Escort. Call us o 30 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

second outright, while second fastest would give Summerfield a lead of almost 30 seconds overnight. However all was not well, as the team suspected a turbo issue in the Subaru. Also in trouble was Galbraith, nursing a blown head gasket in third place. Consistency had been the key for both Rhys Gardner and Job Quantock, who now held fourth and fifth, ahead of Featherstone, Dave Strong, Redfern, Bligh and Brian Green. Dylan Turner DAY 2 Day two saw slightly drier but far from tropical conditions, still marred by the odd heavy shower. Summerfield’s team were forced to change an exhaust manifold in the morning service and copped 50 seconds of time penalties, dropping him to third place. However, a determined Summerfield would move back to 2.1 seconds behind Turner after the day’s opener, and from there would be largely unchallenged. The only other mover in the field was Featherstone, moving ahead of Quantock. Hawkeswood would rejoin for day two and was within the top three stage times all day to take the leg win and bonus points, ahead of Summerfield and Featherstone. The NZRC two-wheel drive class saw a huge battle. Ari Pettigrew dropped out early with a power steering pump failure and Max Tregilgas set the early pace, while Dylan Thomson suffered a puncture. However, a huge charge by Thomson saw him overhaul Tregilgas on day two. Robbie Stokes survived an off road excursion on day one to hold third overnight, only to have suspension failure rob him of a podium finish after stage 14. The open-two wheel drive class was a battle of attrition, with Anthony Jones setting the early pace before alternator failure stopped him just before the final stage of day one. He was in good company though, with van Klink stopping on the same touring stage with fuel pump failure, while Brent Taylor also parked up on the tour with a broken axle. Jeff Ward was another to strike trouble, retiring on both Friday night and Saturday, leaving Jack Williamson Clint Cunningham HJC MOTORSPORTS n: AU 1800 CHICANE or NZ 0800 CHICANE MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 31

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