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Rotorua’s Sloan and Tarryn Cox are looking to top their result from last month’s Rally Wairarapa, where they scored a podium third placed Group N finish, when round three of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powered by Brother, Rally Otago runs from May 25-27.

At Wairarapa Cox had a strong opening day taking third place, only one tenth of a second away from second place. As an added bonus, the 20-year old powered the Taslo Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 10 to victory on the power stage, picking up three valuable championship bonus points. Unfortunately two punctures early on day two cost precious time, although Cox fought back to claim his podium finish.

Since then, the Cox Motorsport team have conducted two test days, developing the Mitsubishi and further enhancing the set-up.

Last year the Cox pair ran in the top six, including a stage win, before hitting a rock on the inside of a corner that ended their rally. Since that event, much car and driver development has seen Cox produce some top stage times.

 “I’m really looking forward to Otago and I think we can challenge for a top result on some pretty fast roads,” says Cox. “We’ve had a couple of good tests since Wairarapa and I’m comfortable with where the car is at.”

Rally Otago gets underway with a ceremonial start in Dunedin’s Octagon on Friday night before contesting three special stages. Saturday sees a further seven gravel special stages north of Dunedin before the infamous tarmac street stage to round out the opening leg. Day two sees a further six special stages, including stage 14 which offers NZRC bonus points as the power stage, before the ceremonial finish at the Dunedin Railway station at 4.35pm.
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