Rain no put-off for gravel sprinters

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Torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of amateur rally drivers who thrashed around a Queenstown quarry on Sunday. 

The Stony Creek Gravel Sprint saw drivers from motor clubs across the South Island take on the undulating course. 

Driver Caroline Cullimore, 44, says: “Last year it was heavy snow which was brilliant but the conditions were appalling this time, very wet. 

“It was slippery and muddy – still great fun though. 

“It’s club sport level, which is the beginning of rallying. It is introducing it to people at a level that is affordable. 

“It’s a good fraternity as well. Everyone stayed on the track, couple of bumps into banks but nothing too major,” Cullimore says. 

Easter Southland Car Club’s Dean Bond, driving his powerful red Mitsubishi Evo 6.5, took the overall first place and first in the 4WD class. 

Local driver Tony Adamson was first in A Class in his Suzuki Swift. James Worker from ESCC took the B Class honours and Queenstown Car Club’s Dan Barlow took the C Class title. 

The event was run by Queens­town Car Club at the quarry, near the turn-off for The Remarkables ski field.