Fi­nal twist gifts Targa win to Kirk-Burn­nand and Hay

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT - Story by Ross MacKay. Pho­tos by ProShotz.

In a third and fi­nal day of high drama, Auck­land pair Steve Kirk-Burn­nand and co-driver Mike Hay (BMW 318ti) were gifted the win in the Targa Hawke’s Bay tar­mac mo­tor rally which fin­ished in Have­lock North on Sun­day May 20.

Head­ing into the last 37.34km Ar­gyle Rd/ Raukawa Rd stage of the day Martin Dip­pie and co-driver Jona Grant (Porsche 991 GT3 RS) from Dunedin en­joyed a 3 min 20.7 lead over KirkBurn­nand and Hay.

On the first two days of the event Nic De Waal and Shane Reynolds from Auck­land had set the pace in De Waal’s Subaru Im­preza WRX though at the start of the fi­nal day their mar­gin over Dip­pie and Grant Porsche was just 17.5 sec­onds.

That was halved af­ter Sun­day’s first stage, and re­duced again as the De Waal Subaru’s en­gine went off song, and Dip­pie and Grant as­sumed a lead it looked like they would never lose in the third stage.

For their part Steven Kirk-Burn­nand and Mike Hay brought both speed and con­sis­tency to the event and though they only won one stage out­right they were in the right place at the right time when Dip­pie ran off the road in the fi­nal stage.

To their credit Dip­pie and Grant still had enough of a time buf­fer to end up sec­ond over­all and re­tain their Class 6 (2WD) lead de­spite earn­ing a max­i­mum time for the fi­nal ill-fated stage.

The Dunedin duo were not the only high pro­file pair to end their event off the road ei­ther.

Top lo­cal en­try, Ivan Knauf and Trevor Corbin (Subaru Im­preza WRX), crashed out of fourth place on the very first stage on Sun­day morn­ing, while later in the day Si­mon and Sita Clark (BMW M3) from Tau­ranga lost what looked like a sure spot in the top six with a sim­i­lar car-bend­ing, event-end­ing off in the fourth stage.

One of the pre-event favourites, Mitsubishi Evo 9

Steven Kirk-Burn­nand and co-driver Mike Hay (BMW 318ti #756) from Auck­land won this year’s three-day Targa Hawke’s Bay event.

Sec­ond over­all, af­ter lead­ing most of the fi­nal day, were Porsche 991 GT3 RS pair Martin Dip­pie and Jona Grant.

Nic De Waal and Shane Reynlds were early event pace-set­ters in De Waal’s Subaru Im­peza WRX.

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