Sunday 2nd February saw the Northland Car Club kick off the 2020 ABC Pipefitters Northern Rallysprint Series with the running of the Ruarangi Road Rallysprint, and what a way to start.
52 crews turned up, there were a few regulars missing but a few new faces made up for that, It’s great to see and very encouraging for the series. The MBOP seems to have quite a few members now entering with a couple of crews travelling up from Taupo.
With 52 crews entered it was certainly going to be very competitive at the pointy end of the results. The 6 times reigning champion Graham Featherstone led the field away in his Evo, followed by Dylan Turner in his Audi AP4, then Phil Campbell in a fiesta AP4. Dave Strong was next in another fiesta with local lad Carl Adnitt in his homebuilt Mazda RX8 4wd rounding off the top 5. Picking a winner was not going to be easy.
This year’s event ran opposite direction to last years, proving that it does seem a little safer running this way as no incidents were reported, which is not the case when running the other way. It was this which no doubt led to a very smooth running, albeit a little late in starting once the cars were on the stage everything ran like clock work.
Feathers won the event from Phil Campbell, but by the slightest of margins, A full report and photos will be in the Next edition of “ A little bit sideways” Rally magazine. The results and points tables can also be found elsewhere on this site.
Entry & Regulations for round 2 of the series, The Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Clubs Arcadia Road, Are up on this site and also at www.hcmc.org.nz. Another event being run in the opposite direction from last year.
See you all at round 2 in a couple of weeks, just a reminder registrations are still open until round 3, we will have the table set up at documentation for round 2.