Christchurch based driver, Jeff Judd, had a disappointing run at the third round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC), the Daybreaker Rally, after a broken drive shaft stopped his dominant championship run.
Judd, who has featured on the podium at the first two rounds of the NZRC, was denied the top spot after the drive shaft on his BNT Ford Escort let go after a heavy landing from a big jump.
“Obviously we’re disappointed that our rally came to a premature end in the first stage but rallying can be harsh like that sometimes,” said Judd.
Judd’s BNT Ford Escort is renowned for its reliability so a mechanical failure at this event was a surprise for the team who say they are already back in the workshop making repairs and improvements for the next round of the championship.
“We still lead the Historic Challenge Championship over Deane [Buist] and Marcus [van Klink] so we’ll be trying our best to keep it that way at the next round, which also doubles as my home event,” said Judd.
Judd will be going head-to-head against his main two rivals, Deane Buist and Marcus van Klink, at the fourth round of the national championship which is the home event for all three drivers, who all share one rally win respectively.
“I’m certain that with the Canterbury Rally being the home event for all of us, the times will be very close and every little mistake will be costly,” said Judd, “so it’s important that we make sure the formula is right heading into that round.”
Judd will again be joined by vastly experienced co-driver, Malcolm Read of Hamilton, who has years of experience on the roads around New Zealand and the world.
“Both Malcolm and I we have lots of experience and a few tricks up our sleeve so we’ll be making sure we use that to our advantage in Canterbury,” joked Judd.
The Canterbury Rally, Judd’s home event, is set to be held on Sunday 11th August and be contested across roads in the North Canterbury area.
Judd’s 2013 NZRC campaign is supported by BNT, Magnum Compliance, Fuchs and Waimate Pharmacy.
Media Release: Alana McIsaac (July, 2013)