UK CREWS FLOCK TO THE SILVER FERN
New Zealand marathon gets host of entries from home-grown teams
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.
Bristow is back for demanding event