Josh and Olivia Marston's 30 second victory in the 2018 Hanmer Rally has been overshadowed by the tragic death of popular photographer, Kevin Corin, on the final stage.
The Holden Barina AP4 pairing won seven of the eight stages completed to lead home Garet and Gemma Thomas in a Subaru WRX STi, with David and Emma Quantock completing a family 1-2-3 in the event, taking third in their Lancer Evo 8.
The top five was rounded out by Michael Tall and Matt Richards in a Mitsubishi Mirage, with the irrepressible Jeff Judd and Sarah Brennan fifth in a Subaru.
Deane Buist flew into sixth place, and the first 2WD car home. Photo: Geoff Ridder
Leading two-wheel drive car home was Deane Buist and Karl Celeste in their VW Golf GTi.
But any celebrations were quickly forgotten by the death of Kevin Corin.
Corin had more than 45 years of experience in motorsport, and had been a fixture of Canterbury rallying and motorsport photography for the past eight years, attending every event on in the area, Autosport Club president Graham Wilson said.
"He is very a good guy and he will be sadly missed," Wilson said in the NZ Herald.
Steve Cattermole pushes his Datsun 1200 with a backdrop of the southern alps. Photo: Geoff Ridder
Although an investigation is currently underway, Wilson said it appeared to be a horrible accident.
MotorSport New Zealand president Wayne Christie confirmed the death of the photographer on Saturday night.
"The photographer was struck by a car competing in the rally, the car having travelled a considerable distance off the rally route," Christie said.
Corin's death has seen a wave of messages on social media since the accident. Well known in NZ rallying circles, he will be sorely missed by the rallying fraternity.
RallySport Magazine sends its condolences to Kevin's family, friends, and the NZ rallying community.
For full results from the Hanmer Rally CLICK HERE.
More Geoff Ridder photos to come.
The field gathers before the Hanmer Rally on Saturday morning. Photo: Geoff Ridder
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