Rally new Zealand Possum Sunday Report

Australian Rally Championship http://www.rally.com.au ----------------------------------------------------------- Subaru's Possum Bourne has reclaimed and finished in 5th position in New Zealand after sole remaining Ford driver Thomas...

Australian Rally Championship http://www.rally.com.au -----------------------------------------------------------

Subaru's Possum Bourne has reclaimed and finished in 5th position in New Zealand after sole remaining Ford driver Thomas Radstrom retired after running off the road on SS21. Bourne finished only 32.5secs behind Toyota's Didier Auriol while still holding a 1min 27.6sec lead over Carlos Sainz. Bourne's final position has elevated him to joint Asia-Pacific Championship leader with Yoshihiro Kataoka and the lead in the Tasman Cup.

Special Stage 21 also ended the Formula 2 hopes of Australia's Simon Evans, the VW driver also loosing control of his car in the slippery conditions. While the extent of the crash is still unknown, the husband and wife crew had no choice but to retire from the event.

Cody Crocker has maintained 6th position in Group N (15th Outright) and spent much of the final Leg locked in a struggle for fifth place with Gabriel Mendez, the later finally finishing 18.8secs ahead of Crocker. "I wanted to make sure I finished, rather than risk going off in the final couple of stages," said Crocker.

Possum Bourne - 5th Outright/5th Group A Cody Crocker - 15th Outright/6th Group N Jo Cadman - 32nd Outright/12th Group N Jackie Dines - 41st Outright/18th Group A

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