Subaru driver Ben Hunt moved up a position, to second, in the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fueled by Gull and driven by Dunlop (NZRC).
He and co-driver Tony Rawstorn were steadily dominant all day – winning two stages and placing in the top three, in three more.
“We put new springs in the Subaru last weekend and the handling of the car just felt fantastic. It ran without any issues all day and allowed us to get into a flowing rhythm with the pace notes.”
“This result is awesome for all the sponsors and the crew as they have put a lot of time and money into our campaign,” Hunt says.
Hunt and Rawstorn won by 22secs over Rotorua’s Sloan Cox and Sarah Coatsworth and with Hawkes Bay’s Max Bayley and Lisa Hudson home in third, it meant Hunt has moved up the championship ladder with only one round remaining.
Sitting on 99 points, he is 10 points shy of Aucklander Andrew Hawkeswood (109) and one point ahead of fellow Subaru driver Matt Summerfield (98), of Rangiora, which stands Subaru in good stead for the Manufacturer’s Championship.
Meanwhile, Rally driver Emma Gilmour finished fifth in the Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally Waitomo, in the King Country over the weekend.
She and co-driver Anthony McLoughlin brought the Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift AP4 home without any major issues over the six-stages – five of which were more than 30 kilometres long.
“We did about two hours, 16 minutes of competitive driving on really challenging, busy stages,” she says.
“The Suzuki ran very well and I’m pleased we had a good, consistent event and ended up with a top five result.”