Matt Jensen and co-driver Kieran Anstis were on the pace during the opening stages of Rally Whangarei Sitting 7th Overall in the NZRC field and leading the Category 5 field by almost 2 Minutes.
“ I was really surprised by our time in the first stage on Saturday Morning, to be only 22 Seconds off the leading NZRC driver in a 30km stage was a great confidence boost to start the day!”
Jensen and Anstis carried that pace through the next two stages and slowly worked their way up the leader board posting consistent top ten times amongst the International and National Drivers. Unfortunately the teams run came to an abrupt stop half way through Special Stage 6 when a slippery clay covered corner caused the car to lose grip under steer into a bank Damaging the NZKW Evo 9’s Suspension forcing the team out of the event.
“We were having a really good run through the stage and Matt was driving really cleanly, unfortunately the corner that caught us out was really slippery and there wasn’t much we could do. We tried to get going again but the impact had done enough to damage the cars suspension, we need to say a big thanks to our crew for coming out to the stage and getting the car straight enough to get onto the trailer, “ said Anstis
The Teams Focus now shifts to getting the car repaired ready to start Rally Coromandel in August. “We had the pace over the weekend and we will be at Coromandel pushing for a top overall result.”