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Rotorua teenager Sloan Cox is hoping that some issues resolved in testing will give him the edge he needs to end the 2009 New Zealand Rally Championship on a high with a good run at the final round, Rally Nelson, this weekend.
Cox struggled at the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally with set-up issues and a turbo problem, however these problems have been sorted while testing with mentor Geof Argyle in time for the Nelson event.
“Following two days of testing, I now feel confident with the Team Taslo Evo 10 for Nelson.”, says Cox.
With the changes, the team are confident of a better result in the championship finale, something that could leap them up the leader board in the National Championship points chase. As well as sitting sixth in the ‘Gold Star’ overall title standings, Cox is the second placed driver in the junior championship. A good run could see Cox and co-driver David Calder move up to fourth in the ‘Gold Star’ points and take victory in the junior championship, so there is still plenty to play for.
Depending on other drivers results, Cox could also qualify for the Rally New Zealand Rising Stars Shootout. If he does not qualify he could still gain the ‘wildcard’ entry into the shootout, the winner of which will receive $50,000 towards competing in an international event in 2010.
Rally Nelson will run on September 19-20th with six stages on day one that cover 135 kilometres, followed up by a further six stages taking in 140 kilometres.
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