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Campbell looks forward to new challenge

Campbell looks forward to new challenge

Tauranga’s Phil Campbell will face a new challenge when round four of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Canterbury, runs this weekend.

For both Campbell and co-driver Venita Fabbro, Canterbury represents an event they have never contested before, but are looking forward to the opportunity to contest another new event.

After the opening three rounds of the series, Campbell holds a slim seven point lead in what has been a close fought battle with rival Josh Marston, the pair swapping stage wins and the rally lead across each rally.

Driving the Letts Construction Ford Fiesta R2, Campbell knows the importance of a strong result in his hunt for a first championship title, but is also aware of the challenge of beating Marston on what is his rival’s home event.

“I’m really looking forward to Canterbury, it’s always good to do another new event,” says Campbell. “Another win here will put us in a really strong position for the championship with only two rounds remaining, but it will be tough to compete with Josh on his home turf, so we are going to have to push extra hard.

The Stadium Cars/VINZ Rally Canterbury kicks off with a ceremonial start on Saturday at The Palms in Christchurch from 3pm with the high-speed action starting from Rangiora at 7am the following day. Crews will contest nine high-speed special stages covering a total of 143 kilometres before returning to The Palms for the finish just after 4.30pm.


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