Matt Summerfield of Christchurch is the provisional winner of the twentieth edition of today’s Catlins Coast Rally in his Mitsubishi Mirage AP4.
Summerfield and co-driver Jared Christofferson won four of the six Special Stages and took the lead after the third stage of the event extending their lead to 52 seconds before Gore driver Andrew Graves won the final stage, cutting the margin to 38.8 seconds at the finish. “We had a really good day, you have to drive pretty hard to beat him (Graves)”, said Summerfield.
Four-time winner Graves, with son Hayden co-driving, finished second in his ageing Mitsubishi EVO 3 after winning the first and last stages of the event. He paid tribute to an “exceptional” drive by Summerfield.
Kaikoura driver Regan Ross was third in his new Ford Fiesta R5 with three-time win.