Flatbush based Rally Driver Matt Jensen and co driver Kieran Anstis are aiming to start their attack on the New Zealand Rally Championship at next weekend’s rally of Whangarei targeting a strong top 10 finish amongst the field of Top International and National Drivers and a win in the Category 5 competition.
With a handful of top 3 finishes to their name the Flatbush Rallying duo have set a goal of taking out the Category 5 Championship this year, “We have had some great new sponsors come onboard this year with Panasonic, Elf, NZKW, Heller’s, Motorsport Engineering and Aarque Group. With them joining the team it has enabled us to have a good go at the championship” The team have made some changes to their EVO 9 Rally Car over the past few months “We have changed a few things on the car including a new engine that is more powerful and reliable, also a quicker steering rack which has helped me gain more confidence in my driving, We have done a few small testing events since these changes and it has proven the car is a lot quicker!”
Earlier this year Matt found out he was a successful applicant of the Paddon Foundation. A Programme setup by Kiwi WRC Star Hayden Paddon to guide and support selected New Zealand Drivers & Co Drivers, “it is an incredible opportunity to be a part of this programme, the assistance and guidance is invaluable and it is helping us a lot this year”
Elite Motorsport Academy Graduate Kieran Anstis is in the co driver seat this season and is eager to get underway “I’m really looking forward to this season, Matt and I work well together and he has put the all the tools in place to have a successful year”
You can follow the teams progress during this weekend’s International Rally Of Whangarei on their facebook page “ MaddyJRallysport”