Cox ready for Otago Rally challenge
Rotorua’s Sloan Cox is set to take up the challenge of the Otago Rally this weekend.
For Cox and co-driving sister Tarryn, it is their first pace-noted rally together after a season apart. The pair have been working with multiple New Zealand rally champion Geof Argyle and practising pace note writing on local roads, gaining extra confidence before the opening round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).
“I am feeling really good about being back with Sloan and we are looking
forward to a great season,” says Tarryn.
The pair competed recently in the Tauranga Clubmans rally as a shakedown
to the NZRC opener, finding several issues including clutch problems
and a misfire, but still brought the car home in a well deserved third
Since then the team have had the Taslo Engineering Evo 10 apart curing
all issues on top of standard routine maintenance to have the car in top
shape to tackle the fast Otago roads.
In previous years, Sloan has enjoyed good results at the Dunedin based
event taking seventh place in both of his previous attempts. This year
the event moves further north onto faster roads around the Oamaru area
that will suit the extra power of the Evo 10.
The Otago Rally gets underway with a pre-rally show in Dunedin on Friday
9 April. The competition starts the following day with 144 kilometres
of special stages that will be new to the majority of teams, with a
further 122 kilometres on the Sunday before teams make their way to the
finish at the octagon in the heart of Dunedin at 2.50 pm.