It was third time lucky for Dylan Thomson in round three of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in Canterbury, as he recorded a finish at the Lone Star Rally on Sunday 3 June.
Formerly from Waiuku, the now Christchurch based Dylan, had yet to finish the Canterbury Rally after hitting a rock in 2016 and going over the time limit in 2017.
While they claimed a finish this year, the wet, slippery forestry roads with a soft top didn’t suit the lower powered Fiesta, with the inconsistent grip not allowing Dylan to carry the corner speed required to keep up with his more powerful rivals. Despite that, he and co-driver Amy Hudson were the fourth fastest two-wheel drive car through the opening stage and led the NZRC Two-wheel drive class for front wheel drive cars up to two litres.
The Total Lubricants Ford Fiesta was able to take all the punishment the rough forestry roads could throw at it with nothing more than a punctured tyre and Dylan balanced his pace to pick off several rivals as the day progressed. After some impressive times in the final two stages, held under the cover of darkness, they had progressed to 15th overall, second two-wheel drive and victory in the NZRC Two-wheel drive class and junior category.
“That’s the toughest event I’ve ever finished, the conditions certainly put our whole team and package to the test,” said Dylan. “It was a relief to make it to the end, and pleasing to set a couple of good stage times in the dark, it seems everyone else slows down in the dark and I don’t! We are happy to come away with 11th overall in both night stages. Super happy to come away with first in category two, first NZRC Motorsport NZ 2WD and first junior driver. It’s an even better feeling to finally finish the Canterbury rally after three attempts,” he said.
The Dylan Thomson Rallysport team now turn their attention to the Stadium Finance South Canterbury Rally on June 23.