Rd 2 - Rally of Whangarei
Round two of the 2019 Brian Green Rally Championship is here already. Just 15 days ago we had a very successful opening round in Otago taking away a really good points haul to open our campaign for 2019.
Rally Whangarei running this weekend, is also the 2nd round of the regional Asia Pacific Championship qualifying events, boosting the number of competitors and international stars.
We welcome the return of the head Hoonigan himself, Ken Block back to our shores in a wild wide-bodied Ford Escort WRC. In his previous visits, the “can I beat Ken” victory score stands tied at one each. It will be an awesome battle against him this weekend.
It's great to see the event organisers mixing up the rally route this year adding in some of the awesome roads used a number of years ago. Waipu Caves is a real favourite of mine and Tonys. It’s a very technical stage but surprisingly fast at the same time and the only road in the whole region not to have huge cambered corners.
A new man-made jump at Pohe Island has been constructed this year and the stage will run again as the warmup for the crowd on Friday night. It's always exciting to see so many spectators lining the stage edges enjoying our sport.
Its been a quick prep and turn around of the car over the past two weeks. A good clean inside and out refreshment of all the oils and every nut and bolt checked and tightened to spec. Otago was a fantastic testing ground for the improvements made in the offseason and a lot of data was collected and will be used to provide even more improvements to the overall package.
This weekend the ‘White Pointer’ will be out in the stages as well, so make sure you stick around to cheer the team and crew on.
A two-pass recce happens on Thursday and Friday, helping refine a really good set of notes to hit the 'maximum out' in the stages. The unique camber in the region is really enjoyable to drive when you set the car up in the sweet spot and the way it flows from corner to corner is amazing.
The event moves back to a tradition seeding and road order for the course of the weekend. We provisionally will start 5-6th on the road following the international competitors and those registered for APRC. This will give us a slightly swept line for day 1 which I hope to use to my advantage.