Thomson eyes the future as well as the present

Dylan Thomson is chasing the 2WD championship. Photo / Geoff Ridder
Dylan Thomson is chasing the 2WD championship. Photo / Geoff Ridder

Rising Kiwi rally star Dylan Thomson has two immediate goals in 2018 – repeat his championship-winning performances of last season but also look to secure a step up to the top echelon in 2019 as well.

The 23-year-old from Waiuku won the class two 2WD championship for front wheel drive cars as well as the junior championship and the outright 2WD championship in last year’s Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

Now into his third season Thomson is trying to balance the present with the future as he plots his climb up the rallying ranks.

“We are hoping this will be our last year in the Fiesta,” Thomson said fresh off his victory at the season-opening Otago Rally a week ago.

“We want to do the same as last year. We would like to repeat the junior driver championship win, obviously our class win and we really want to focus on the overall two wheel drive championship again this year because there are some very fast cars.

“Next year we hope to be in a four wheel drive car and be competing in category one,” he added.

Thomson started his year off in superb fashion winning the overall 2WD class in Dunedin while also turning heads with a scintillating drive over the famous Kuri Bush stage and snatching the 2WD stage record off mentor Ben Hunt.

That earned him the Hella Moment of the Rally and will encourage sponsors to help him into a more powerful car next year.

“We will just work on a few things over the course of the year and hopefully we can put something together,” Thomson said.

His immediate attention will be on round two of the championship – next month’s International Rally of Whangarei.


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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