Rallysprinter firmly in driver's seat

RACHEL ASKEW
Last updated 10:37 12/06/2014
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TOP SPRINTER: Dean Bond and his Evo 6.5 in Kaitangata earlier this year. He chalked up another win in the car at the Circle Hill Rallysprint at the weekend.

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Balclutha driver Dean Bond won the Circle Hill Rallysprint at the weekend on a track he described as a "really good bit of a road".

It was the second year of the event, held near Milton, with a field of about 30 drivers.

Bond said it had been a good season for him so far, winning the Bob Scott Memorial Hill Climb, placing second in the Long Point Rallysprint and then his success on Saturday.

"I haven't been doing a lot, but what I've been doing is going alright."

Bond won in his Mitsubishi Evo 6.5 with a time of 3.22, which was slightly slower than last year when he came second in the event with a time of 3.17.

But he expected to post a slower time this year give the course was "bone dry" in 2013, he said.

"It's just a good circuit, a really good bit of road … and one of those ones you don't want to miss."

It was a fast race circuit with "some good technical stuff" as you came down the hill, Bond said.

Quite a few cars went off road and a couple of them rolled, he said.

"A lot of the corners look the same, but they're not."

His sister, Tania Bond, was his co-driver, only the second time she's performed that role in the Evo 6.5, although she did some co-driving about five years ago when he had a different car, Bond said.

Bond was now looking forward to the Catlins Coast Rally in August, with no other major events before then.

Hot on Bond's heels was fellow Clutha driver Mike Verdoner who placed second in his Ford Escort with a time of 3.23, only one second off the pace.

Derek Ayson from Gore, also in a Ford Escort, and Scott Simpson from Oamaru driving a Mitsubishi Evo, tied for third place with a final time of 3.27.

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- The Southland Times

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