June 2, 2007, 3.15pm. Richard Mason has extended his lead in the Wairarapa Rally by winning Special Stage 5.
Mason’s time of 10 minutes 37.4 seconds in the BNT Subaru Impreza WRX STi was almost three seconds quicker than second-fastest Dean Sumner in the ITM Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
Former rally leader Nathan Thomas was 5.6 seconds further back in his Lancer Evo 7.
Mason’s Stage 5 win puts him 17.1 seconds ahead of Thomas on overall elapsed time.
Sumner is running third in Leg 1, 18.3 seconds behind Thomas, with one stage to run.