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Update from the Raglan Rally Team

Raglan rally driver Jack Williamson and his team have successfully finished two national rallies that ran back to back in the Brian Green New Zealand Rally Championship.

Williamson, a recipient of the Paddon Rally Foundation for the 2017 season, competed in the Otago Rally on April 8-9 and the Whangarei International/National Rally on April 29-30.

There were 14 special stages in the Otago Rally, held around Dunedin: 13 stages on gravel and the super stage 7 was set up as a street circuit in the heart of the city.

Williamson said he was very pleased with the performance of his Suzuki Swift – the new turbo engine and AP race brakes went without a hitch.

But as with all rallies you expect a few problems, and the team had to deal with tyre delamination and a broken brake line, among other things.

The team came second in class and 22nd in the NZRC.

The tight schedule between the two rallies did not leave much time to prepare the car for the Whangarei rally.

There were two spectator stages on the Friday night in Whangarei followed by 14 special stages north and south of the city.

The weather was not favourable making  the driving conditions very challenging.

The team were extremely proud to come first in their class and 14th overall in the NZRC.

Check out alittlebitsideways.co.nz to follow the NZ rally scene. Updates can also be viewed on Jack’s facebook page.