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Geof Argyle and his Hunting and Fishing sponsored team have completed another outstanding weekend at the Whangarei Rally. Argyle scored maximum points finishing first place in the 4WD Open class and also placed 3rd overall in the New Zealand Rally Championship for the 2 day event.

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. “It was a blown fuse and it made the car difficult to control – we had a big spin on stage 2 which cost us a bit of time” 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. “It was a frustrating day for the team but in the end the hard work paid off – I’m very happy with the end result” says Argyle

Argyle now has a commanding lead in the 4WD Open Class Championship as he prepares for the 4th round of the NZRC

Driver    Points
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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