Kiwis have edge
Rugby union, rugby league and even basketball have seen some horrific recent defeats and now New Zealander rally drivers sit in the prime positions in the Production World Rally Championships category.
Kiwi Richard Mason holds outright 10th spot after Al-Qassimi’s problems and subsequent retirement after having made the most of Martin Prokop’s unfortunate meeting with a rock.
Prokop, the young Czech driver, was the early PWRC leader but he hit a rock on stage eight in the Tweed and damaged the intercooler, losing time and dropping to third.
It’s been an incident- packed few days for Prokop after the clerk of the course fined him 500 Euro after members of his team were caught test driving his rally car close to the service park in Kingscliff.
He was fined for a breach of the international sporting code.
Another Kiwi, Hayden Paddon, is second only 2.7s behind his countryman.
Paddon also has a comfortable lead in the Pirelli Star driver shoot-out and looks certain to be named the winner of that competition today.
Portuguese driver Bernardo Sousa sits in fourth spot 14.9s behind, while the best of the Australians, Cody Crocker, is fifth. He is in outright 14th spot.
Canberra’s Neal Bates is 16th with young Coffs Harbour driver Nathan Quinn in 19th spot.
He is also the third best Australian and second in the Pirelli Star driver shootout.
The second day of Repco Rally Australia consists of 10 competitive stages totalling 113km, finishing with two more Tweed Super Specials in the heart of Murwillumbah.