Malley vows to keep on winning
Patrick Malley has
made his intentions clear prior to the opening round of the New Zealand
“I just want to keep
on winning,” says the 26 year old, who took victory at the season
opening Tauranga Clubmans Rally and last seasons ending Rally of the
Malley will campaign the M Rally Team Evo 9 that has not
yet seen the Otago roads but has taken Malley to two wins and a third in
its last three rallies.
Only history can count against Malley
in Otago, his last two attempts in the Truth Ford Fiesta ST saw him
retire early on, but with the event taking on a lot of roads north of
Dunedin rather than the traditional southern stages, the Drury based
Aucklander is sure that he can turn his fortune around.
his fantastic run of form in the last six months, the quality of the New
Zealand Rally Championship field sees him seeded eleventh, a road
position that should aid his cause, especially if the weather stays dry.
are looking at the weather, and crossing our fingers that it is going
to stay nice and dry so we can take advantage of our road position,”
says Patrick, “I am under no illusions about the strength of this years
competition, but we are aiming to do just one thing – win.”
Rally Otago kicks off with a rally show on Friday April 9 and the action
on the special stages kicks off the following morning with Malley,
co-driver Malcolm Read and their competitors tackling 144 kilometres of
special stages that will take them as far north as Oamaru, then tackling
another 122 kilometres around the Middlemarch area on Sunday before the
crews cross the finish ramp in the Octagon at 2.50 pm.