Whakatane’s Jono Shapley and co-driver Sam Byrne made it through last weekends Lone Star Rally of Canterbury without putting a mark on their Mitsubishi Evo 4, after one of the most challenging rallies Shapley has driven.
“I think that was the hardest day of rallying I’ve done” said Shapley. “The roads were so slippery from the rain, and we even had snow on one stage!”
The #Rallylife Motorsport team were happy with their performance throughout the day. After a steady start in the first two stages, they re-grouped at the first service break and put on a good turn of speed to climb up the leader-board over the next few stages.
“Once we got through the afternoon stages, we figured as long as we brought it home through the night stages, we’d be on for fourth place, and that’s what we did. I’ve never done night stages, so that was an eye opener” laughed Byrne.
The duo head into the mid winter break with a 7 point lead in the Category 5A Championship, and will use the time to make sure their car is as strong and reliable as possible for the final 3 rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship.