Sunday 17th January saw the Hibiscus Coast Motorsport club hold its round of the ABC Pipefitters Northern Rallysprint Series, this was round 2, and Arcadia Road, Paparoa was the venue. This fantastic piece of road produced plenty of drama and incidents for the 45 crews that turned up on a pretty hot day, temperatures had dropped a little compared to the week prior, the sun had gone and reports of showers was probably not what the organisers were wanting to hear. It did rain slightly on the way up, the skys looked dark and cloudy but fear not, it all held, the sun came out and to be honest it was still bloody hot by the afternoon runs.
Graham Featherstone was once again the man to beat, but he had plenty of great opposition, Phil Campbell in the Fiesta AP4, Dave Strong in another Fiesta S2000, Clint Cunningham, Fiesta Proto, kingsley Jones was also present in his recently acquired Skoda fabia RS and also add in past rallysprint champions Warwick Redfern, Steve Goodare, Charlie Evans, the present Top Half Rally Champion Bryn Smith and one time local Bevan Wilson in his home built Triple Rotary powered 4wd BMW and it was all on! What a line up, and that’s without mentioning all the extremely fast regular clubmen such as Liston, Jones and even the return of Noel and Sam Miller. This was going to be exciting to say the least.
The overall lead went “Tit for Tat” between Feathers and Campbell, before Feather’s took control in the top two run off. All through the classes there seemed to be dramas, even the top two run off had a few major incidents, it was all on and all go all day. The Car Club did a superb job, they kept control and despite many incidents ran a fantastic event.
A full report and photos can be found in the next edition of a little bit sideways…..out this week.
Next round, 17th March at the Bothwell Loop Road, another cracker of a road, an ex WRC one at that, Hosted by the Pukekohe Car Club. Regs & Entry will be out soon are out now and can be found else were on this site, and of course the Pukekohe Car Club website
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