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Rising star McInnes records second win

 

Callum McInnes in his Mitsubishi Evo 6 was again in top form on the weekend at the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa taking his second 4WD Class win in the Winger Subaru / Silverstone Competition Tyres Rally Xtreme Series.

Callum McInnes in his Mitsubishi Evo 6 was again in top form on the weekend at the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa taking his second 4WD Class win in the Winger Subaru / Silverstone Competition Tyres Rally Xtreme Series. With co-driver Linda Loughlin, McInnes has now scored maximum points in two of the three north island rounds of the Series.

The rally which was also a round of the Parker Enzed NZ Rally Championship, saw 30 year old McInnes, from Tauranga, finish Leg One, which was Round 3 of the Rally Xtreme Series, in 7th place overall amongst the top Championship rally drivers. Consistent driving saw McInnes also finish 7th overall on day two of the rally.

With the completion of two North Island rounds and one South Island round, Robbie Leicester of Feilding in his Subaru Impreza still leads the points table on 73 points.

McInnes has yet to start a round in the south island and has already amassed 64 points. Leicester finished 3rd in Class for Rally Xtreme at Wairarapa just 9 seconds behind Malcolm Stewart driving a Mitsubishi EVO 6.5. Stewart now lies 3rd in class on 47 points.

Two Christchurch competitors John Giltrap and Jeff Judd, both driving Subaru Imprezas, finished 6th & 7th respectively in the 4WD class.

The hard luck story of a dnf continued for Andrew Spier when he lost a wheel in Special Stage 4, and the Ferodo Top Half Series winner Anton Meier never got to the first special stage sidelined by a mysterious engine malfunction. In the 2WD class, North Shore's Grant Liston driving a Honda Civic Type R, with veteran co- driver Rob Scott, took class honours. Liston with his class win here and second at the Far north Rally, lies 2nd in class on 59 points, 5 points behind Christchurch's Deane Buist, who has scored two round wins, one in each island. Buist has maximum 64 points going into his home rally this coming weekend.

Twenty five year old Craig Stevens of Auckland driving a 1975 Ford Escort Mk2 was leading the 2WD Rally Xtreme class at the halfway point of the rally with a 7.5 second advantage over Liston, but Liston found extra power on the final two stages. Stevens now lies in 3rd= place on 50 points with Christchurch's Andrew Sim who travelled to Wairarapa to contest his compulsory North Island round, and finished 3rd. Paul Black from Lower Hutt driving a Toyota Corolla FXGT finished fourth in the 2WD Class on the day.

Round 4 is the second South Island round, being held in the Ashley Forest in Canterbury on Sunday the 3rd of September. The only North Island entrant in this event is Hawkes Bay's Malcolm Stewart.

The Trust House Racetech Rally Wairarapa saw the best New Zealand rally drivers competing against each other and contributed to the success of the Winger Subaru / Silverstone Competition Tyres Rally Xtreme Series.

Margaret Thompson

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