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McRae wins as Mason strikes gearbox problems


September 1, 2007, 5.45pm. Richard Mason’s Rally of New Zealand suffered a major blow this afternoon when the BNT Subaru Impreza WRX STi jammed in second gear during the final stage.

Mason lost a massive chunk of time and fell from the lead of the New Zealand championship section (and second in the production world championship category).

He finished the day sixth in the NZ section which was won by Scotsman Alister McRae (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6).

Mason was touring back to the Mystery Creek service park at a speed reported as 70km/h.

Sam Murray (WRX) finished second forn the day, followed by Hayden Paddon (Evo 8), Chris West (Evo 9) and Stewart Taylor (Evo 9).

McRae, who won both legs of the fifth round of the NZ series, won the round overall.

Murray now leads the national championship, with 207 points.

Paddon is now second, on 187 points, and Mason third on 182. Then comes Dean Sumner (Evo 9) on 166. Sumner didn’t finish today after reportedly running out of petrol during the final morning special stage.

There’s one more round to run, the one-day Rally of Nelson.

Photo caption: NZ Rally Championship Round 6 winner, Alister McRae.


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