New Zealand marathon gets host of en­tries from home-grown teams

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Vince Bris­tow and Tim Sayer head 10 Uk-based crews in the Sil­ver Fern Rally in New Zealand, which starts from Christchurch on Mon­day, Novem­ber 28.

Hast­ings-based Bris­tow won the last edi­tion in 2014 in a lo­cally pre­pared Ford Es­cort Mk2 and will be joined by his reg­u­lar co-driver Sayer, who is mak­ing his de­but on the marathon gravel rally.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic event,” said Bris­tow. “The stages are so good and it is a lovely coun­try with lovely peo­ple. There aren’t many places in the world where you can be on the lim­iter in top for sev­eral miles on gravel.”

Si­mon Tysoe, who fin­ished sec­ond to Bris­tow in 2014, re­turns with his Ford Es­cort Mk2 and has Welsh­man Paul Mor­ris along­side af­ter a strong sea­son in the BHRC, while Matthew Robin­son and Sam Col­lis will make their New Zealand de­but in a fresh Fiat 131 from York­shire-based Rally Sport Devel­op­ments.

Other UK en­tries in­clude Meirion Evans (Ford Es­cort Mk2) on his first event since a ma­jor ac­ci­dent on the Isle of Man, Phil Squires/nigel Hutchin­son (Ford Es­cort Mk2) and Craig Sal­ter/pre­ston Ayres (Ford Es­cort Mk1). Uk-based ex­pat Kiwi War­ren Briggs, a reg­u­lar his­toric race win­ner in a Ford Mus­tang, will field his Mus­tang while Lau­rence Tysoe, Jake Scannell and Scots­man Tommy Mackay com­plete the list of UK run­ners.

The route, all based in South Is­land, cov­ers 650 stage miles and 1100 road miles in seven days and in­cludes three overnight halts in Dunedin be­fore the fin­ish, back in Christchurch, on Sun­day De­cem­ber 4.

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence

Bris­tow is back for de­mand­ing event

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