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After a few problems in round two of the New Zealand Rally Championship, the Christchurch Casino Rally Team are hoping for a trouble free run at round three, Rally Whangarei.

The team has worked hard getting the Christchurch Casino Subaru back running again after the problems in Otago.

“The last few weeks have been hectic. After our small mishap in Otago we have had to order new parts for the car, most of these have had to come out of Japan so that has reduced the time we have had to prepare by a considerable amount,” says team driver, Matt Jansen.

Jansen is looking forward to his first time on the roads that were used until a few years ago as part of New Zealand’s round of the World Rally Championship. But they won’t be completely alien to the Christchurch driver.

“I have never competed in Whangarei before, but I was fortunate enough to do reconnaissance up there last year so I have got an idea what they will be like. I am really looking forward to driving on the cambered roads as we don’t really get them down south.”

Jansen and co-driver Jason Farmer’s main aim for the event is to maintain their strong lead in both the rookie and junior championships, but it won’t be an easy task with strong opposition from the likes of Keiran Hall, Sloan Cox, Josh Marston and Kingsley Thompson likely to be snapping at their heels.

The event kicks off with a ceremonial start in the Cameron Street Mall in Whangarei at 5pm on Friday before the team will tackle eight stages on Saturday and a further eight on Sunday.

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