Van Klink in catch-up mode at Whangarei
- 13th July 2011, 1:46pm
Marcus van Klink is searching for maximum points from round four of the Historic Challenge of the New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Whangarei, this coming weekend.
Van Klink, along with co-driver Dave Neill, have been the dominant force in the Historic challenge, however a broken axle on the opening day at Wairarapa means that he now sits third in the series, 48 points behind the series leader.
With the points scoring rewarding consistent finishing, van Klink needs to win each of the remaining four legs remaining in the final two rounds of the national championship and have other results go his way if he is to take out the national title.
Last year, van Klink took on the Whangarei roads for the first time in his open class Mitsubishi Evo 8 and despite an off-road excursion, finished second in the class. This year he returns in the Mico Plumbing backed Group B Mazda RX-7 as part of his debut season in the Historic Challenge.
“Basically we just have to go hard,” says van Klink. “I really like the roads up at Whangarei, even though they bit us last year. It should be a real blast.”
Rally Whangarei gets underway with a ceremonial start in the Cameron Street Mall on Friday, 15 July, with the competitive action getting underway early the following day. After completing nearly 160km on day one, crews will complete another 143 km on day two before the finish ceremony in the Whangarei Quayside Town Basin at 3.30pm on Sunday.
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