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Kiwi Marcus van Klink will debut an exciting new car never seen before in New Zealand for this weekend’s Taranaki Tarmac Rally with his first competitive outing in his new Edward Gibbon Plumbing Plus Citroen C2 Super 1600 car.

 

The Super 1600 formula was originally introduced by the FIA for the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001 and although not the first time a Super 1600 car has run on New Zealand soil, it is the first time one from Citroen will be seen and heard in action.

 
The Citroen represents the most successful of the Super 1600 cars, with 22 round wins and three Junior World Rally Championship titles in the hands of current WRC drivers Dani Sordo, Martin Prokop and current world champion Sebastien Ogier.

 
The car pumps some 230hp out of its 1600cc engine through the front wheels, all while weighing in at just under 1000kg, however van Klink and Dave Neill aren’t expecting to add their names to the list of World Champions developed in the Citroen just yet.

 
The conservative attitude is one driven by many firsts that the event represents. Not only is this the first time van Klink has driven the car in anger, it is also the first time he has competed in the Taranaki Tarmac event and his first event in a left hand drive car.

 
 “We are certainly not coming to the event expecting to win our class and there will be plenty to learn but it should be good to have a run in it,” says van Klink. “The car is awesome, it’s beautifully built, looks cool, sounds even better but in the four laps or so we have done around a track, it is also a very difficult car to drive, you need to be totally committed.”

 
The Taranaki Tarmac Rally runs on Saturday 12 July with 138km of special stages on what are widely regarded as the best tarmac roads in the country.

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