Impressive Haydn Mackenzie targeting 2021 NZRC tilt
- 6th October 2020, 8:00am
"If I look at photos of our car it looks unspectacular. So, I’ve been driving it corner to corner," Mackenzie said."Today [the Piakonui rallysprint] has felt a bit different because there are a lot of linking corners here. That’s new for me and I’m learning a lot." Mackenzie and co-driver Michael Goudie were part of the front-running battle throughout the Piakonui Road event and finished third overall, behind Graham Featherstone and Emma Gilmour. The result secured them second place in the ABC Pipe Fitters Northern Rallysprint Series behind Featherstone. "It’s funny how our goals have changed during the year. We started out aiming for the top 10 and now we’re looking for podiums." They plan to finish the year at Rally Bay of Plenty and the City of Auckland Rally. The Auckland event may become a two-car effort with the Evo 9 being used for Saturday’s rally and – if suitable suspension can be sourced - the 550-horsepower six-speed Hollinger equipped Evo 10 could see action at the Jack’s Ridge Rallysprint. "I’m really looking forward to the rallysprint. The TV coverage and the profile are going to be great for the sport," Mackenzie said. Mackenzie is the CEO of the Albany Toyota group and a switch of brands looms in the future.
"Sometime in the future it makes sense to get into a Yaris," Mackenzie said."But at the moment I am learning and the Evo 9 is a good car for that. There is more time to come from my driving at the moment than from another car. "We had signed up for the New Zealand Rally Championship before it was cancelled. We’ll move that plan to next year and stick with the Evo 9." Mackenzie will be eligible for the NZRC Rookie category in 2021.
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