Chris West wants to continue his winning ways when the penultimate round of the national rally championship is held in the Wairarapa this weekend.
Westy and co-driver Garry Cowan have won the last two events of the title race in their Winger Subaru Impreza WRX STI and are looking for a hat trick of round wins.
Last year the pair narrowly missed victory at the Masterton based event, something `Westy wants to put right.
"Our Subaru STI has been fantastic. Garry and I are pleased with our present pace and the whole Winger Subaru New Zealand Rally Team is working really well. We intend on running the car in the same spec as it finished the Hawkes Bay event." said Westy.
He sees Wairarapa as a challenging event. "There's no leeway for mistakes," said Westy. "The roads are a lot narrower than in previous events this year with fences etc right on the edge of the road. With not as much room to move the car around as other events, reconnaissance is going to play a big part in ensuring you have precise lines to carry maximum car speed."
Twelve months ago Westy fought “tooth and nail” with home town favourite Richard Mason for the lead before surrendering it after hitting a fence and damaging the steering on the penultimate stage,
“For sure Richard will be pushing hard for a win in front of his home crowd. Garry and I want to continue our dominance of rally wins so I’ve no doubt the spectators will be in for some exciting rallying over the weekend” says Westy.
Championship leader Mason will be looking to wrap up the title in the Wairarapa, while other crews still in contention for the championship will need to finish in the top three to leave the series undecided until the final round in Nelson next month.
"I'm sure everybody is going to be charging hard," said Westy. "It is possible the championship could be decided this weekend, but as we have experienced rallying is an unpredictable sport and we have everything to gain by pushing 100% for another win. The pressure is on Richard in front of his home crowd just to finish. Sometimes that is harder to do than just driving flat out. What ever the outcome it’s going to be a hell of a weekend”.