Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Coromandel challenge ends early for van Klink

Coromandel challenge ends early for van Klink

Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink is rueing what might have been when a differential failure ended his charge on stage six of the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, the penultimate round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

With the points scoring format in the NZRC, van Klink and co-driver Dave Neill headed to the Whitianga based event only able to add one point to their score before the final round. Despite that, the pair were keen to battle for the honour of top two-wheel drive car without the pressure of scoring championship points.

With his results to date, van Klink was a part of the top five road order draw, the first two wheel drive car to do so since it was introduced to the championship by the end of the draw, found he would start the stages fifth on the road, well before any of his two-wheel drive rivals.

With extra gravel to sweep, van Klink struggled but returned the Chesters Plumbing Supplies Mazda RX-7 to second two-wheel drive and top Historic after two special stages.

A fast stage time in special stage three was interrupted with a spin and although he was back on the pace in stage four, was the top Historic but had slipped to third two-wheel drive car.

Things took a turn for the worse in the next loop of stages, when a puncture in stage five became insignificant as the differential cried enough in stage six, leaving the Mazda out of the rally.

“It was a tough day for us, we could certainly see that we were losing time being so far up the road, but in the end it all came to nothing,” said van Klink. “Better it happened here than Wairarapa though, so we’ll get ready to wrap up title number three there.”

Klink Rallysport now turn their attention to the final NZRC round for the year, Rally Wairarapa, on October 3.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland