West Auckland’s Clint Cunningham heads to the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, trying to make a top five finish stick.
Cunningham has stepped up his speed and consistency in 2016 and twice has shown the speed to take a top five finish, only to have rule book technicalities deprive him on both occasions.
Putting the disappointment behind him, Cunningham is confident he can put himself once again in contention for a top five finish, something he has achieved at the event before when he finished fourth in 2014.
The team at Possum Bourne Motorsport have had an easy preparation leading into the event after the RCK Contractors Mitsubishi Evo Proto suffered a crank angle sensor at Rally Gisborne before the car even had a chance to get dirty.
Cunningham will once again team up again with Thomas Thexton, the pair having gelled quickly with impressive speed at their first event together in Canterbury, where they were stripped of a podium finish.
“I’m really looking forward to Coromandel, it’s a really strong field but I think we can put together a clean run and get through to the top five,” says Cunningham. “It’s been a good event to us in the past and I just hope that if we can get in the top five again, we can keep the result!”
The Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel takes place on Saturday August 20 based from the holiday destination of Whitianga. Competitors covering 121 kilometres of special stages split into 10 special stages before the ceremonial finish in Blacksmith Lane from just after 5pm.
Press Release by BB Media