Patrick Malley has made his intentions clear prior to the opening round of the New Zealand Rally Championship.
“I just want to keep on winning,” says the 26 year old, who took victory at the season opening Tauranga Clubmans Rally and last seasons ending Rally of the North.
Malley will campaign the M Rally Team Evo 9 that has not yet seen the Otago roads but has taken Malley to two wins and a third in its last three rallies.
Only history can count against Malley in Otago, his last two attempts in the Truth Ford Fiesta ST saw him retire early on, but with the event taking on a lot of roads north of Dunedin rather than the traditional southern stages, the Drury based Aucklander is sure that he can turn his fortune around.
Despite his fantastic run of form in the last six months, the quality of the New Zealand Rally Championship field sees him seeded eleventh, a road position that should aid his cause, especially if the weather stays dry.
“We are looking at the weather, and crossing our fingers that it is going to stay nice and dry so we can take advantage of our road position,” says Patrick, “I am under no illusions about the strength of this years competition, but we are aiming to do just one thing – win.”
The Rally Otago kicks off with a rally show on Friday April 9 and the action on the special stages kicks off the following morning with Malley, co-driver Malcolm Read and their competitors tackling 144 kilometres of special stages that will take them as far north as Oamaru, then tackling another 122 kilometres around the Middlemarch area on Sunday before the crews cross the finish ramp in the Octagon at 2.50 pm.
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