Kaipara Flats driver Justin Glavish was among the top performers at the Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club’s Bentsprint Rally, held in the Kaipara Hills on August 9.
Glavish powered his Toyota Starlet into the corners to come first in the 1300cc class and sixth overall.
He covered the 5km course in 3:25.959 beating out a slew of more powerful vehicles.
The fastest driver on the day was Northland’s Carl Adnitt in a Mazda RX8, which covered the course in 3:13.361.
Clerk of the course Dale Crossley says the course over loose metal began to dry out during the day, making for good racing conditions and fast times.
Crossley says one driver succeeded in driving off the road into a toi toi bush on his first run and was forced to leave his car there for the remainder of the day, but the rest of the event passed without mishap.
The Bentsprint Rally has been run on closed public roads between Kaipara Flats and Glorit for the last five years, though poor road conditions last year meant the event had to be abandoned.