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Winter series to be decided in summer


Several titles are set to be decided when the rescheduled Catlins Coast Rally completes the South Island Rally season this Saturday.

After being postponed in August the event has become the finale to both the Mag and Turbo Warehouse Mainland Rally Championship and the Laird Motorsport Southern Rally Series.

In the Mainland Championship Christchurch driver Jeff Judd (Subaru Impreza) will arrive at Catlins on 104 points. That puts him 16 points clear of the current second placed driver Deane Buist of Christchurch in his Mitsubishi Evo-powered Toyota Corolla.

However with 30 points available for a win the championship is still far from cut and dried.
One point behind Buist is Les Summerfield of Rangiora in another Impreza. These three have a good lead over recent Westland Rally winner Greg Teece and Timaru driver Paul Dickson.

In the co-driver standings, Judd's navigator, Marty Stevenson, has a commanding lead over Matthew King and Rocky Hudson.

Many of the class battles are particularly tight with Kevin Lynch of Greymouth leading Class A for two-wheel drive cars up to 1300cc by nine points from Rangiora's Chris Herdman.

It’s even closer in the 1301-1600cc Class B where Robert Auld of Scotts Gap in Southland has just two points in hand over Christchurch drivers Marcus Van Klink and Cameron Moore.

Buist comfortably leads Class C for two-wheel drive cars of 1601cc and over and Judd leads the four-wheel-drive Class D by five points from Summerfield.

The Laird Motorsport Southern Rally Series will also be decided at Catlins after competitors have waited since June for the final round. Andrew Graves of Gore leads the overall drivers’ series .

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