Former ARC champ joins Dalton for NZRC rounds
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Former ARC champ joins Dalton for NZRC rounds

Richie Dalton Otago Rally

Australian driver, Richie Dalton, has had a last-minute co-driver change ahead of the upcoming Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand, with a former Australian Rally Champion jumping into the co-driver’s seat.

The vastly experienced Dale Moscatt will call the pace notes in Dalton’s Ford Fiesta Proto for the second round of the New Zealand Rally Championship onwards, with regular co-driver John Allen stepping aside because of business commitments.

“I would like to thank John for being with me and developing me in my career from the start, and wish him all the best in his business adventures,” Dalton said.

“Having Dale’s experience can only be good in furthering my development and speed as we learn a new car, and new roads.”

Moscatt, who was co-driver to Cody Crocker and Scott Pedder in Australian championship winning seasons, will miss only the Canterbury round of the NZ series because of a commitment to Lewis Bates at the National Capital Rally.

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Dale Moscatt (left) with Scott Pedder at Rally Poland in 2016.

Dale Moscatt (left) with Scott Pedder at Rally Poland in 2016.

“Business commitments have come to the point that either my business will suffer or the rallying will suffer,” Allen said.

“That said, I won’t be leaving Shamrock Motorsport completely.  Richie has asked me to co-drive with him for the East Coast Classic events in his Escort, which I jumped at, as it’s not as time consuming as committing to a full national championship.”

The Rally of Whangarei will be held on May 5 and 6.

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Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.

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