Rotorua’s Sloan Cox is set to take up the challenge of the Otago Rally this weekend.
For Cox and co-driving sister Tarryn, it is their first pace-noted rally together after a season apart. The pair have been working with multiple New Zealand rally champion Geof Argyle and practising pace note writing on local roads, gaining extra confidence before the opening round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).
“I am feeling really good about being back with Sloan and we are looking forward to a great season,” says Tarryn.
The pair competed recently in the Tauranga Clubmans rally as a shakedown to the NZRC opener, finding several issues including clutch problems and a misfire, but still brought the car home in a well deserved third place.
Since then the team have had the Taslo Engineering Evo 10 apart curing all issues on top of standard routine maintenance to have the car in top shape to tackle the fast Otago roads.
In previous years, Sloan has enjoyed good results at the Dunedin based event taking seventh place in both of his previous attempts. This year the event moves further north onto faster roads around the Oamaru area that will suit the extra power of the Evo 10.
The Otago Rally gets underway with a pre-rally show in Dunedin on Friday 9 April. The competition starts the following day with 144 kilometres of special stages that will be new to the majority of teams, with a further 122 kilometres on the Sunday before teams make their way to the finish at the octagon in the heart of Dunedin at 2.50 pm.
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