Phil Campbell has ticked all the boxes with a strong performance at Rally Maramarua over the weekend that saw him win his class and second two-wheel drive.
After winning his class at the opening round of the New Zealand Rally Championship while debuting the new Letts Construction Ford Fiesta R2, Campbell entered the Maramarua event aiming to learn the new car more and get more mileage in the new car.
With no pre-set expectations, Campbell and co-driver Venita Fabbro consistently set top three two-wheel drive stage times across the morning to sit in second place after five of the nine special stages, despite having a smaller 1600cc engine.
An afternoon charge saw the gap between Campbell and morning pace setter Grant Liston come down from 41 seconds to just 10 seconds by the end of the rally, an impressive effort on the highly specialised event.
The result saw Campbell not only second in two-wheel drive, but also a convincing winner in the 1600cc class by three and a half minutes. He also just missed a top ten outright finish, coming home in eleventh.
“We had a great run. We came into the event hoping to learn more about the car and some of the damp conditions in the forest really helped with that, plus our speed was really good even though we were giving away horsepower to the front runners, so that’s a bonus,” said Campbell.
The Campbell Rally Sport team now turn their focus to the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Whangarei, on May 17-19.
Press Release by BB Media