Successful Whangarei Rally of Argyle
- 11th June 2009, 9:13am
But it was not plain sailing for Argyle on day 1. Early problems with the electronics to the central differential made the car a challenge to drive. â€œIt was a blown fuse and it made the car difficult to control â€“ we had a big spin on stage 2 which cost us a bit of timeâ€ Later in the day the engine developed a misfire which prevented a full on challenge to the Group N cars.
Day 2 started with Argyle straight on the pace setting the second fastest time on stage 1 and only 0.3 of a second behind Richard Mason but was again troubled with more engine problems. This time the intercooler pipe blew and most of the turbo boost was lost. Down on power, Argyle pushed as hard as he could through the early stages to get to the vehicle service area. Quick repairs were made and they were back in the rally to score some top 3 positions in the last stages. â€œIt was a frustrating day for the team but in the end the hard work paid off â€“ Iâ€™m very happy with the end resultâ€ says Argyle
Argyle now has a commanding lead in the 4WD Open Class Championship as he prepares for the 4th round of the NZRC
Geoff Argyle 210
Glenn Inkster 108
Steve Barker 79
Andrew Hawkeswood 74
Lee Stringer 47
Alex Kelsey 41
Adam Bligh 18
The new round in the NZRC is Rally Wairarapa on July 18 and 19.
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