Despite the wobbling earth, a hardy bunch of enthusiasts headed out to Seddon on Sunday for the Marlborough car club's reserve road gravel sprint.
Heading the entry list was club president Richard Bateman, the winner of recent club sprints.
However, it rapidly became apparent his dominance of the leaderboard was to be challenged by Nelson's Daniel Harris and his well prepared Mitsubishi Evo 3.
After Bateman lost significant time when he crashed into a bank, Harris secured a one-second advantage and overall victory.
Another newcomer, Jason McConnel, took out third just ahead of club regular Rob Uddstrom, who ran off a hairpin into undergrowth.
While the top four drivers were all aboard Mitsubishi Evos, Neville Kidd in his Escort saw off two entries from the turbo four-wheel drive contingent to take out the two-wheel drive class.
Neil Gee was winner of the historic class.
- The Marlborough Express
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