Throt­tle down for rally car champs


Flat Bush-based rally car driv­ers Matt Jensen and Kieran An­stis are start­ing their at­tack on the NZ Rally Cham­pi­onships at this week­end’s In­ter­na­tional Rally of Whangarei.

The duo is tar­get­ing a strong top-five fin­ish and have set a goal of tak­ing out the cat­e­gory five cham­pi­onship this year.

‘‘We’ve had some great new spon­sors come on board, in­clud­ing Pana­sonic, Elf, NZKW, Heller’s, Mo­tor­sport Engi­neer­ing and Aar­que Group,’’ Jensen says.

The team has also made up­grades to its EVO 9 rally car.

‘‘We’ve changed a few things on the car, in­clud­ing a new en­gine that’s more pow­er­ful and re­li­able, and a quicker steer­ing rack which has helped me gain more con­fi­dence in my driv­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘We’ve done a few test­ing events since the changes and it’s proven the car is a lot quicker.’’

Ear­lier this year Jensen found out he was a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant to the Pad­don Foun­da­tion, a pro­gramme setup by Kiwi WRC star Hayden Pad­don to guide and sup­port driv­ers and co-driv­ers.

‘‘It’s an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity, the as­sis­tance and guid­ance is in­valu­able,’’ he says.

Elite Mo­tor­sport Academy grad­u­ate An­stis is in the co-driver seat. ‘‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to this sea­son. Matt and I work well to­gether and he’s put all the tools in place to have a suc­cess­ful year,’’ he says.


Rally driv­ers Kieran An­stis and Matt Jensen are ready to burn some rub­ber at this week­end’s In­ter­na­tional Rally of Whangarei.

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