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Overnight leader changes in Silver Fern Rally


Christchurch’s Jeff Judd will lead the epay Silver Fern marathon car rally out of Dunedin this morning after an overnight change of leader in the seven day event

Shane Murland from Paraparaumu finished the fourth day last night with a narrow lead over Judd after an eventful afternoon’s rallying in Central Otago.

But an overnight check of the times from the stage in Berwick Forest has revealed Judd’s time was initially shown as four minutes slower than it should have been. So he now takes a three minutes 47 seconds lead and Murland drops back to second d overall.

The same situation has occurred in the Challenge event for cars with more modifications, Australian Brad Goldsbrough was also credited with a time four minutes slower than it should have been through the same Berwick Forest stage south of Dunedin.

Instead of being 2 minutes 37 seconds behind Christchurch’s Deane Buist, Goldsbrough will be heading for Southland with a 1 mute 23 seconds advantage.

None of the other leading positions are affected.

Today’s six stages take the field through a total of 173 kms in South Otago and the Catlins in Eastern Southland to the overnight halt at Invercargill. The rally finishes in Queenstown on Saturday after 1060 kms of special stages.

epay Silver Fern Historic Rally – Overall results at start of Day 5
1, J Judd, M Smith (Escort RS1800) Christchurch, 6hrs 25mins 18secs;
2, S Murland, J Benton (Escort RS1800) Paraparaumu, 6.29.05;
3, G Portman, R Runnalls (Holden Commodore) Australia, 6.34.36;
4, A Siddall, C Thompson (Escort RS1800) England, 6.39.20;
5, B Rawstron, I McKee (Escort RS1800) Christchurch, 6.40.56;
6, J Scannell, C Lancaster (Escort RS1800) England, 6.43.41.
epay Silver Fern Challenge Rally – Overall results at start of Day 5
1, B Goldsbrough, A Topliff (Datsun 1600) Australia, 6hrs 24mins 10secs;
2, D Buist, A Bulman (Escort RS1800) Christchurch, 6.25.33;
3, A Hawkeswood, S Johnstone (Mazda RX7) Alexandra, 6.30.09;
4, B Taylor, C Ramsay (Toyota Corolla) Cambridge, 6.37.53;
5, L Marston, J Marston (Subaru Legacy) Christchurch, 6.42.40.

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