Galbraith takes consecutive Westland Rally win
Photo credit: Andy Vause Photography

Galbraith takes consecutive Westland Rally win

Timaru’s Darren Galbraith/James Bracefield (Mitsubishi Evo 6) have won the 2016 Stadium Finance/REPCO Westland Rally for the second year running from Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield/Nicole Summerfield (Subaru WRX) with Deane Buist/Karl Celeste (Ford Escort) third.  Held in wet and often slippery conditions, the rally threw up a number of challenges for the 57 entries, with only 39 making the finish line.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the win,” said Galbraith.  “It wasn’t without its moments and the pace is certainly getting quicker each year.”

Matt Summerfield 2nd 2016 Westland Rally
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Second place Matt Summerfield won the opening stage but then lost the lead to Galbraith who held it to the end, winning four special stages and never finishing lower than second in the other five.

“The rally went really well,” commented Summerfield.  “The whole thing went faultlessly and we achieved what we wanted to do.  We have rebuilt the car since last season and needed to put it through its paces before we head to Rally Otago.

“Darren was really pushing real hard, as we could tell by following his marks through the stages”

Undoubtedly it was this pace that brought about the win but very nearly was the undoing of the rally for Galbraith and Bracefield.

“The rally was pretty exciting for us as we had quite a few ‘moments’,” commented Galbraith.  “On the very first stage we nearly hit some deer that ran out in front of the car while we were in fifth gear.

“But just before that we clipped the edge of a bridge.  The road was very wet and we braked a bit late.

“We had a few other moments later during the day as Matt (Summerfield) was pushing us all the way.

“Going into the last stage we had a 22sec lead.  However, we spun and the car stalled and initially we couldn’t get it started.  We lost about 18-20 seconds and we thought that it may have been enough for Matt to take the lead.  We kept pushing and fortunately went quicker than Matt on that stage and it was enough to secure the win.”

Unbeknown to Galbraith, Summerfield had elected to cruise through this stage and secure second position.

“The last stage, (Ahaura SS9) we struggled for rhythm so elected to cruise and secure the result,” said Summerfield.

Deane Buist 3rd in 2016 Westland Rally
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Deane Buist won the final stage, his third in the rally to secure third overall and first home in Class C.

Expect Galbraith to be back in 2017.

“We are definitely keen to come back next year to do three in a row,” commented Galbraith.

Final Results

Final position, car #, Name, Car, Time

1    1         Darren Galbraith/James Bracefield Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6    1:06:05.8
2    2         Matt Summerfield/Nicole Summerfield    Subaru WRX    1:06:36.4
3    5         Deane Buist/Karl Celeste    Ford Escort    1:06:44.8
4    3         Jeff Judd/Grant Marra    Subaru WRX    1:07:44.5
5    6         Regan Ross/Tania Ross    Ford Escort RS1800    1:08:14.8
6    4         Richard Bateman/Sharisse Guckert Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8    1:08:46.7
7    10         Cleve Kokshoorn/Jordyn Smith    Toyota Corolla     1:09:00.1
8    7         Marcus van Klink/Dave Neill    Mazda RX7    1:09:11.9
9    9         Graham Ferguson/Ross Moody    Ford Escort RS1800    1:09:51.6
10    8         David Clearwater/Stephen Lloyd Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4    1:10:14.6
11    12         David Gee/Liam Gee    Subaru WRX    1:11:18.5
12    17         Job Quantock/Sarah Brennan    Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7    1:11:47.3
13    13         David Quantock/Emma Quantock  Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8    1:12:05.4
14    22         Wade Henshaw/Pearl Moore    Mazda RX7    1:13:19.5
15    24         Roger Townshend/Matt Richards    Ford Escort RS1800    1:13:32.8
16    19         Russell Burgess/John Simpson    Toyota Celica GT4    1:14:10.4
17    33         Cameron Moore/Chris Nicholas    Toyota Trueno    1:14:37.6
18    30         Lloyd Owen/Jonty Brenssell    Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9    1:15:13.6
19    37         Andrew Sim/Caleb Sim    Ford Fiesta    1:15:23.3
20    31         Garry Cliff/James Cowles    Datsun 160J    1:15:23.7
21    47         Darryl Campbell/Mike Tall    Toyota Altezza    1:15:39.6
22    28         Ray Wilson/Donna Elder    Audi S2    1:15:40.1
23    21         Jim McDonald/Craig Abernathy    Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5    1:16:11.9
24    39         Greg Murphy/Mark Leonard    Vauxhall Chevette    1:16:22.5
25    34         Steve Cattermole/Mark Clemens    Datsun 1200    1:16:55.6
26    32         Mike Townshend/Gareth Spence    Toyota Corolla AE86    1:16:59.8
27    42         Allan Kermeen/Sarah Faulkner    Subaru WRX    1:17:18.4
28    35         Deborah Kibble/Heather Johnston    Lancer EX Turbo    1:17:53.
29    48         Chris Lancaster/Murray Lancaster    Suzuki Swift    1:17:57.8
30    40         Wayne Muckle/Thomas Muckle    Porsche 911    1:18:11.2
31    57         Taylor Judd/Sean Sands    Toyota Corolla    1:18:16.9
32    53         Darren Keen/Nick Jenner    Toyota Corolla    1:18:39..3
33    56         David Taylor/Pania Huntley    Honda Civic    1:20:25.9
34    49         Chris Herdman/Aaron Ruddick    Toyota Starlet    1:21:01.3
35    51         Rex Ford/Gary Wilkinson    Datsun 180B    1:21:36.4
36    26         Matt Wright/Richard Richards    Subaru WRX    1:25:11.3
37    14         Barry Varcoe/Steve Gray    Subaru WRX    1:30:21.3
38    43         Kevin Lynch/Wayne Julian    Toyota Corolla AE86    1:34:07.7
39    44         Eddie Gray/Josh Skafer    Ford Escort RS1800    1:51:10.4
dnf    18         Peter Scharmach/ Jacob Bennett    Subaru WRX
dnf    25         Brent Rawstron/Ian McKee    Ford Escort RS1800
dnf    36         Nigel Barclay/Josh Marston    Ford  Escort 2000
dnf    27         William Hawes/Arthur Halliday    Toyota Celica GT4
dnf    50         Graham Wilson/Leanne Jolly    Toyota Starlet
dnf    52         Neil Gee/Joel Lynch    Subaru WRX
dnf    45         Phillip Walker/Michael Gunn    Mazda RX7
dnf    46         Murray Sollitt/Michelle Blaskiewicz    Datsun Sunny
dnf    11         Jason Clark/Tracey Clark    Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5
dnf    55         Phillip Lash/Jeff Sara    Mazda GTX
dnf    15         John Silcock/Richard Atkinson    Mazda RX7
dnf    29         Phil Collins/Tracy Spark    Audi Quattro
dnf    38         Nigel Ross/Chris McLean    Ford Fiesta
dnf    41         Dave Ollis/Jessica Ollis    Subaru WRX
dnf    54         Glen Daly/Shane Thornley    Ford Escort 1600
dnf    23         Ashton Wood/Fred Merkin    Ford Eswcort RS1800

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