NZ Rally Championship contender says running second on the road behind reigning chanmpion Richard Mason is the perfect way to start the 2007 series.
April 11, 2007, 5pm. Palmerston North rally driver Sam Murray says running second on the road in this weekend’s Otago Rally, is the perfect place to be.
He'll be right behind fellow Subaru Impreza campaigner and reigning champion Richard Mason, the driver he most wants to beat in the six-round 2007 Vantaghe Aluminium Joinery NZ Rally Championship.
Mason will have the unenvied task of sweeping the roads of loose gravel, giving Murray a better track.
Murray’s FRAM Impreza is the same car he campaigned last year, but which has been upgraded with bigger brakes, chassis tweaks and increased power.
Murray was testing the car near Balclutha today, and again at the official shakedown on Thursday.
The pre-event outings are also the first run on New Zealand roads for Murray’s new teammate, Californian Ken Block.
Block is using several New Zealand events as a build-up to his plan to eventually contest the Production Car World Rally Championship.
Murray and co-driver Robert Ryan are looking for a strong run at Otago, a notoriously hard outing, before upping the pace at the North Island rounds - Whangarei, Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa - on roads that he believes suit him better.