Cox Ready for Ashley Forest Challenge
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Cox Ready for Ashley Forest Challenge

Cox Motorsport are looking forward to competing at this weekend’s Ashley Forest Rallysprint held in Rangiora. The 1.7km rallysprint has been running since 1979 and competed in by many of New Zealand’s great rally drivers.

Sloan Cox will be competing in the Cox Motorsport hillclimb beast which he secured third in at the Leadfoot Festival and first at the New Zealand International Rallycross this year. The hillclimb beast has been mostly parked up apart from two promotional events during the rally season due to financial restraints and to focus on the Evo X.

This will be the second time Cox has competed in the prestigious event. The aim last year was to learn the car and the road as the event is so well known and very competitive, so mileage was needed. Unfortunately last year’s event was cut short when the driveshaft broke during the top 16 shootout. The aim this year is to get into the top two shootout and challenge for the win.

Ahead of the Ashley Forest Rallysprint the hillclimb car has been transformed back into gravel mode and a lot of work has been done to make it more reliable and faster. Since last year’s event the driveline has been made more reliable and stronger through upgrading the axles and driveshaft and freshly overhauling the gearbox, centre diff and rear diff to ensure maximum reliability. A special thank you must go to Myles of Driveline Automotive for his help here. More seat time in the hillclimb car showed it was lacking the low down power that Cox required, so a brand new Borq Warner EFR turbo, the latest technology in turbos, has been fitted to the car, giving it more power and better driveability.

Cox Motorsport would like to thank SiLodec for their continued support of the hillclimb car as well as the continued support of their sponsors, Taslo Engineering, AJs Emporium, Driveline Automotive, Signedge, Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar, PlusFour Insurance and Rotorua Heating Solutions.

The action starts at 9.30am both days this weekend with the gates opening to spectators at 8.00am. Saturday will consist of four qualifying runs per competitor with Sunday seeing the fifth and last qualifying run occurring before the elimination runs follow. The overall winner of the event will be the person with the quickest time in the top two shootout.

Press Release by Cox Motorsport    

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