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Autocross Cancelled

Unfortunately we’ve had news from the venue that the proposed course for our autocross is currently more suitable for jetsprints than cars and have had to make the call to cancel the event.

Keep an eye on this site in the new year as we hope to find alternative dates over summer.

SACC Prizegiving – Saturday 1 December

Our prizegiving will take place on Saturday 1st September at the clubrooms from 6pm.

The bar will be open on arrival with your first drink free and happy hour until 7pm.  Note this is a cash bar (no EFTPOS) so come prepared.

Food will be provided so please help us with catering by RSVP.  Either click “going” on our Facebook event or email secretary@sacc.co.nz.

We look forward to seeing you there

 

 

SACC Notice of AGM

South Auckland Car Club

Notice for AGM

17th October 2018

7.30pm

SACC Club Rooms

1R Gret South Road

Papakura

Members & public are invited

Norwegian WRC star to make Otago Classic Rally debut

Popular Norwegian rally star Mads Østberg will be the star driver at this year’s Otago Classic Rally in New Zealand.

A former Ford, and current Citroën, World Championship factory driver, Østberg will make his Otago Classic Rally debut behind the wheel of a Ford Escort RS1800 at the April 14 and 15 event.

30-year old Østberg has competed in 111 World Rally Championship events, with 16 podium finishes and a debut victory in the 2012 Rally de Portugal in a privately entered Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

He’ll be co-driven by Belgium Stéphane Prévot, who partnered Estonian Markko Märtin to victory in the 2016 and 2017 Otago Classic Rallies.

Østberg has already contested one event this year in his own 2017 Ford Fiesta World Rally Car, and will be part of the factory Citroën team in next month’s Swedish Rally.

The Otago Rally will be his first event in New Zealand, and his first time driving a rear-wheel drive Ford Escort RS1800.

Yet his speed and his current standing as one of the WRC’s best drivers will see him as a real threat in this year’s Otago Classic Rally.

“Like a lot of drivers in Europe, I’ve heard great things about the Otago Rally in New Zealand, and I’m really looking forward to driving there for the first time,” Østberg said.

“New Zealand’s roads are world famous, and I’ve heard that the Otago Rally has some of the best.

“While it will be difficult to go there for the first time and win, I’m looking forward to the challenge of driving the classic Escort and partnering with Stéphane for the rally.

“I’m bringing my family with me, and it promises to be a fantastic adventure.”

Hayden Paddon’s former WRC co-driver, John Kennard, had a lot to do with enticing Østberg to the event, as did Brent Rawstron and his Rossendale Wines Rally Team, who will supply the car for Østberg to drive.

“We are delighted to welcome Mads and his family to the Otago Classic Rally,” Otago Rally spokesman, Roger Oakley, said.

“Mads joins a long list of international rally stars who have contested the Otago Classic Rally since 2002.

“We are delighted to welcome Stéphane back for the third time, he is a real friend of the rally.”

World Rally Champions Björn Waldegård, Hannu Mikkola, Ari Vatanen, Juha Kankkunen, Miki Biasion and Didier Auriol have all been past competitors, as have Michèle Mouton, Alex Fiorio, Russell Brookes, Jimmy McRae, Gwyndaf Evans, and Pasi Hagström.

The 2018 Otago Rally includes the Dunedin Isuzu NZRC rally, the first round the Brian Green New Zealand Rally Championship, receives Major Events funding from Dunedin City Council, and is supported by the Otago Community Trust.

A field in excess of 100 competitors is expected to gather in Dunedin for the two-day event, which includes famous Otago Rally stages Kuri Bush, Waipori Gorge, McIntosh Road and Whare Flat.

McRae defends his King of Millen’s Mountain title at the Leadfoot Festival

Scottish rally sensation Alister McRae successfully defended his King of Millen’s Mountain title at the Leadfoot Festival in Hahei today, clocking a blistering time of 49.15secs in his Vantage Subaru.

He bettered his 2017 time of 49.43secs and despite oil on the track and having to bed in some new slicks late today, McRae’s ultimate talent prevailed.

The Vantage Subaru did it again. It’s on auto-pilot I don’t do anything,” he jokes.

McRae had a heart-in-mouth moment up the top of the 1.6km hill climb when he was hurtling through the forest and went for fourth gear only to have it jump back out.

“I wasn’t the most gentle, I just smashed it back in,” he says.

The Coromandel Peninsula event attracted record crowds who basked in sunshine the first day and occasionally sheltered under umbrellas today. A slightly damp track made for perfect conditions for Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive cars.

McRae was on the pace right from his first run on Saturday. He clocked the quickest time out of the 135 drivers on his very first run yesterday and had already broken into the 49sec bracket by his last run on Saturday.

The Vantage Subaru might have less horsepower than last year’s 800hp-plus, with the finely-tuned engine putting out about 770hp over the weekend but the hard-working team had succeeded in making the driveability better, McRae says.

The consummate professional, he looked smooth and swift both days, powering the historically-special ex-Possum Bourne WRX STi up the hill.

“The way the car is, if you get sideways with it, it will just scrub the speed off,” McRae explains.

Subaru Brand Ambassador Ben Hunt was more than happy to dial it up in his 2015 Subaru WRX STi. He campaigns it in the New Zealand Rally Championship and kept it in gravel-spec, including the rally tyres, which gave him some extra grip advantage today on the at-times damp road.

“It was exciting running the STi in full rally trim, so we can showcase the more sideways style of an All-Wheel Drive rally car. It was fun to put on a show for the rally fans and all the other car enthusiasts,” Hunt says.