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Wins boost West's confidence


After a tough start to the 2008 NZ Rally Championship Chris West goes to Hawke's Bay with renewed c onfidence after winning the last two rallies he has started

Chris West is aiming for his third consecutive rally win in this weekend’s Hawke’s Bay Rally.

The Andrew Simms Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 driver won the last round of the 2008 Vantage Aluminium Joinery Rally Championship, the International Rally of Whangarei, and is out to do the same in this weekend’s fourth round.

Between the two NZRC rounds, West won the Rally of Waitomo.

At Waitomo, in appalling weather, West tested new Yokohama tyres, made available after poor results in the damp conditions of Otago.

“Rally Waitomo provided an opportunity that was too good to miss. We came away with valuable information that we hope to put to good use in the second half of the season. Tyre testing in wet weather should serve us well if similar conditions arise in Hawke’s Bay.

“Tyre choice will be critical. With only one service on each leg and over 80km of stages in between, looking after the tyres and car is going to be vital. Pushing too hard to early on could jeopardise the overall result.”

West says it’s good to go to Hawke’s Bay with “some wins under my belt. We had a tough start to the championship, dropping as low as fifth after Otago.

“I now feel a lot more comfortable with the set-up of the Mitsubishi and, heading into Hawke’s Bay, we feel confident as a team of continuing our strong performance.”

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