From the Service Park – Rally of Whangarei

Forget something?
Lukas Ramsay arrived at his car on Saturday morning, eager to get his rally underway only to realise he had forgotten something – his steering wheel.
The youngster had taken the steering wheel back to his hotel room for the night and forgot it when he dashed out on Saturday morning.

Kris Kross (remember them?)
Speaking of getting mixed up at the start of the day – one driver/co-driver pairing ended up in the wrong race suits.
Andy Martin and Matt Hayward put each other’s suits on – not sure who walks away with bragging rights out of that mix up.

Krystal still has it
Krystal Brock was back with the NZRC live team over the weekend despite expecting her first child in less than 10 weeks.
But pregnancy obviously suits her, she attracted the attention of a spectator on Friday night at the Pohe Island Super Special, who brushed between Dazza G and Budgie to tell her that she was “absolutely gorgeous”.

Greenie branching out
Brian Green Property Group has been a very loyal supporter of the championship for a long time now.
It was great to see that Greenie has diversified and had his Brian Green Upholstery van parked outside the Service Park across the weekend.

New nickname for Todd
Todd Bawden had a weekend to forget up north after a gearbox issue forced him out on the first stage on Saturday.
However he was working hard on pushing his new nickname around the Service Park – apparently he wants to be known henceforth as “Hot Toddy”.

He put what in his car?
We heard about Lukas Ramsay’s slight indiscretion over the weekend but his much more experienced father also came to our attention.
Chris Ramsay suffered issues with his brakes and From the Service Park understands he opted to replace brake fluid with blue Powerade just prior to his crash.

Good deed proves costly
You have to feel for Dan Haines who had his first place in the Open 2WD class stripped at the end of Sunday.
Haines, one of the real NZRC nice guys, helped a fellow competitor get into the Service Park doing a good Samaritan deed only to be in breach of competition rules.
Unfortunately there was no scope to do anything but apply the rules and exclude him from the event.


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The New Zealand Rally Championship is this country’s premier nationwide rally championship. It attracts New Zealand’s best drivers to compete in numerous categories for the prestigious MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned rally championship titles. In 2024, there are six NZRC rounds, each with a unique character reflecting the diverse regions – from Northland to Invercargill