Success for N. Otago


North Otago drivers made their presence felt at the Rally of Otago last week with some encouraging drives.
The Otago Rally is essentially three rallies in one _ a round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, an allcomers rally and a classic rally.
Oamaru husband-and-wife team Peter and Cherie Fridd dominated the classic rally in their Toyota Starlet 1300, beating Wanaka’s Greg Noye and Tony Bennett by 34 minutes to claim another class A title.
Geoff Williamson and co-driver Michael Crook finished fourth in class D of the allcomers rally in their Mitsubishi Evolution VII.
The highlight for the pair came when they won the allcomers section of the Dunedin super stage, held on Saturday.
Ian Elliott and Hayden Currie also had a solid classic rally, finishing third in class B.
However, Dylan Cameron and Jordyn Smith did not have much luck go their way.
The pair were ninth after day one in the allcomers rally, and were in fifth place at one stage, before an oil line in their Toyota broke on Sunday, which ended their rally.
Another local, Scott Simpson, also took part in the allcomers rally, but only for one day.
He was in fourth position at the end of the day, which saw him take advantage of his home patch.
On stage three, near Tokarahi, he beat all but two of New Zealand’s top rally drivers, while over his home road, the daunting Danseys Pass Rd, he was ninth overall.
On Saturday afternoon, after he had finished his final stage in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII, he and co-driver James Bee were lying 13th in the main field.
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