Job Quantock has made a promising start to the New Zealand Rally Championship in 2017, at the Otago Rally. Finishing 22nd overall in the event, and showing a lot of potential for the rest of the season by posting top 10 stage times.
Quantock’s main goal for the weekend was to finish the event and continue gaining valuable seat time and experience with pace notes. Saturday started well with the team having a clean run and posting top 20 stage times as they settled into the event. Unfortunately a small electrical problem slowed down their run with a 4 minute time penalty for lateness at the start of special stage 6.
Sunday showed further promise as they started off the morning with a 9th place finish in stage 10, followed by a 5th place finish in the longer 47.42km stage 11, and a 6th place finish in stage 12. Quantock says “we were really surprised by some of the times on Sunday, to post times in the top 10 and even the top 5 far exceed our goals this early in the year”.
The team are now focused on preparing the car for round two of the NZRC, the International Rally of Whangarei, on April 28-30. Making their first trip with the car to the North Island, with a change of Co-driver also taking place. “Erin Kyle has come on board for Whangarei, her expertise and experience will be a big help to us going forward”. Erin brings several years of experience competing at the top level in New Zealand having sat next to the likes of Chris West and Alistair McRae.
The team are looking forward to the challenge of new roads, and gaining further experience with pace notes in the North Island.
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