For the second year in a row, Rotorua’s Sloan Cox has been granted the honour of an Asia Pacific Rally Championship ‘Wildcard’ entry into Rally Whangarei, which doubles as round four of both the APRC and New Zealand Rally Championship.
The wildcard entry means that Sloan and co-driving sister, Tarryn, will run as part of the APRC field, with benefits including added media coverage, a higher road position and the opportunity to score APRC points. But this is not the only thing the Cox Motorsport team has had cause to celebrate since their career-best podium finish at the previous NZRC round, Rally Wairarapa, more than a month ago.
After having been accepted into the Motorsport New Zealand Elite Academy, Tarryn not only graduated from the programme, but was named as part of the winning team and was announced as the individual winner of the academy, the first time that a female or a co-driver has taken the honour.
Since Rally Wairarapa, the Taslo Engineering Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 has had a complete drive-train rebuild, as well as working on the cars suspension to improve the handling for the fast, flowing Whangarei roads.
Following the rally Cox Motorsport will hold a fundraising evening in Rotorua on July 23 including a live band, for $30 per person. More details of the fundraising evening can be found on the team’s facebook page,
Rally Whangarei gets underway with a ceremonial start in the Cameron Street Mall on Friday 15 July, with the competitive action getting underway early the following day. After completing nearly 160km on day one, crews will complete another 143km on day two before the finish ceremony in the Whangarei Quayside Town Basin at 3.30pm on Sunday.

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