A jubilant Steve Cox and his co-driver Laurie Brenssell, raced home to victory at the Otago Rally, winning the Classic 4WD Rally at the weekend, hopefully setting up a dream week for Cox who flies to Sydney early this week to take part in the Bathurst 6-hour endurance race next Sunday.
In the Classic 4WD Rally, a faultless drive from Steve Cox and Laurie Brenssell gave them a crunching 8m40s victory in their Subaru Impreza H6.
Amy Keighley and Nikita Gibson overcame problems on day one in their Subaru to finish second, ahead of Tom Milliken third and Simon Bell fourth, Nigel Ede fifth and Chris Lockyear sixth.
Cox said “This win is my second outright rally victory, having won the Far North Classic Rally in our Toyota Starlet in 2000. I am over the moon, the Magnum Motorsport Subaru H6 ran really well. We did however have a scare on Saturday in the penultimate stage.”
Cox and co-driver Brenssell nearly had their rally finish prematurely when a cattle stop bar came loose – hitting it at 95kph and doing some damage to the car forcing them to complete the last stage of the day very cautiously. The organisers had to cancel the stage after a number of the early runners in the field hit the same bar.
They were in second place to Nick Marston at the end of day one, however Marston had engine failure on the first stage in Day two handing the rally lead to the F40 Motorsport duo, who carried on their winning way for the remaining stages.
Cox said “We were keen to have a real go in the final stage or the event the infamous Kuri Bush – however common sense prevailed, and we elected to take a more cautious approach and were two seconds slower than our 2021 time in our 1300cc Toyota Starlet”
Cox was incredibly happy with Magnum Motorsport leased H6 Subaru and heaped praise on the team’s effort, “My co driver Laurie Brenssell did a brilliant job on the stage notes and the work by the Magnum Motorsport service crew which included two of our own guys looking after the car making sure it was at optimum all event.”
After his debut at Bathurst over Easter it is then just a short break before the team heads to Whangarei for the second round of the New Zealand Rally Championship.
Steve also thanks the following for their support; F40 Motorsport, Haltech, Manukau Auto Centre, Hella, Midway Motors Dunedin and Penrite
Media release by Laurie Brenssell, F40 Motorsport