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A change in rules and a new sponsor in TransNet NZ Ltd has allowed Glenn Inkster and long-time co-driver, Glenn Goldring, to contest the Vantage Aluminium Joinery New Zealand Rally Championship.

The team, now known as Team TransNet Extreme, will run in the NZRC open class in their trusty Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5. The car started its life running in the NZRC in the hands of Andrew Hawkeswood until a change of regulations outlawed the Group A car, however the change of rules for this year allow previously homologated vehicles to run in an open class.

Last year the team continued to climb from strength to strength, defending their Taranaki Tarmac Rally title, never off the pace in Rally Xtreme and being pipped for victory by the narrowest of margins at the infamous Ashley Forest Rallysprint.

The team has once before contested the New Zealand Rally Championship in 2006, contesting the Kiwi 2 class in a Honda Integra Type R. Results were up and down across the season but the speed the pair showed was undisputable and rewarded with third for the year.

For the 2009 season the goal is to claim the Open 4WD class title, but with competition from the likes of Andrew Hawkeswood and former national rally champion, Geof Argyle, the season is sure to be exciting and closely fought.

The first event for the championship is this weekend’s Rally Hawkes Bay. The team are happily seeded eighth for the mostly fast roads around the Wairoa and Napier areas.

The team would like to thank their sponsors for the 2009 season; title sponsor TransNet New Zealand Ltd in conjunction with Tyco Electronics, HPM, ETCO and Repco.

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