Kiwi drivers prepare for world rally event

Hamilton Rally driver Gary Smith and his co-driver, and fellow Caltex Service Station dealer, Christchurch’s Grant Ford are currently in the throngs of preparing their Historic Ford Escort RS1800 MKII for the iconic world rally event, the Classic Sydney to London Marathon Rally.

Smith is no stranger to similar events, having competed in the reverse version in 1993 with expat Graham Lorimer, then also in a Ford Escort, where the pairing led the event for most of its distance until succumbing to delays in the Australian outback and finishing 5th outright. Continue reading “Kiwi drivers prepare for world rally event”

New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour readies for 2014

Emma Gilmour has confirmed that she will be back behind the wheel of her Suzuki Swift Maxi rally car for the 2014 New Zealand National Rally Championship, with the experienced Australian, Ben Atkinson, as her co-driver for the six-round series.

After treating 2013 as a development year for her highly modified Swift, Gilmour states that her aim for the season ahead is to press for victory. Continue reading “New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour readies for 2014”

Refreshed structure for 2012 New Zealand Rally Championship

With events based in Whangarei, Wairarapa, Otago, Auckland and Gisborne, the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) features an updated points’ structure in 2012 which offers all competitors, regardless of class, the opportunity to earn points towards the championship title.

During the previous few seasons, the title of New Zealand rally champion could only be won by competitors in the top tier category for Group N four-wheel-drive and Super 2000 cars. Continue reading “Refreshed structure for 2012 New Zealand Rally Championship”