Dunedin, April 14, 2007, 10.30am. After the first two special stages of the series-opening Otago Rally, defending champion Richard Mason holds a 4.9-second lead.
Mason’s brand-new Subaru Impreza WRX STi has been immediately on the pace, and he has won both stages, each time from Brett Martin’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.
Dunedin driver Emma Gilmour is third, 7.5 seconds behind Mason, followed by fellow Impreza driver Sam Murray.
Then come Hayden Paddon (Lancer) and Alister McRae (WRX).
Former champion Chris West is eighth overall in his one-off drive in an older Evo 6.5.
Photo caption: Sam Murray runs fourth in his Fram Impreza. File photograph.