van Klink looks to maintain perfect score


Photo: Euan Cameron

Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink is looking for three wins from three events when the third round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the Lone Star Rally Canterbury, gets underway this weekend.

Driving the Chesters Plumbing Supplies Mazda RX-7, van Klink and co-driver Dave Neill dominated the opening round without dropping so much as a stage win in the historic class of the NZRC and at the second round were close to doing the same, only to lose some 10 minutes stuck in a ditch. Despite that, the pair were again able to take historic class honours.

While a clean run should result in a third consecutive round victory, a battle with non-championship drivers Deane Buist and Regan Ross for first two-wheel drive outright will not be so clean cut but van Klink is determined to put his rotary engine at the top of the unofficial battle against BDA Escort mounted Buist and Ross.

The Klink Rallysport team have had further excitement in the lead up to the event with their new tarmac car, the Citroen C2 S1600, finally arriving from it’s around the world voyage.

“It should be a good event for us, our car really loves public roads which there of a few of this year,” says van Klink. “Obviously our main aim is the championship but it will be a great battle with Deane and Regan as well.”

The Lone Star Rally Canterbury kicks off with a ceremonial start at The Palms Mall in Christchruch from 4.45pm on Saturday before heading north to the Okuku Forest to contest two night stages. The following morning, crews leave the overnight Parc Ferme in Rangiora to contest four public road stages as far north as Cheviot, followed by a return to the two stages in Okuku Forest run in reverse direction, before returning to The Palms for the finish.

Press Release by BB Media


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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