Krammer excels on tight budget

LINDSAY BEER
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014

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Often in motorsport those with the best of equipment stay at the top of their game.

However, there are some who, despite not having the budget to have the latest and greatest equipment, manage to use just their talent to record top results.

Neville Krammer, of Wallacetown, is one such driver.

Krammer is seeded 13th in Saturday's Catlins Coast Rally despite the fact he is competing in an ageing Subaru Legacy RS.

The car is the first and only competition car that Krammer has owned, one that he built up himself from scratch.

Without a large budget for motorsport Krammer watched a lot of rallying "back in the day" admiring the likes of Colin McRae and Possum Bourne.

"Then a mate got involved in the sport and I just thought this is me," Krammer said.

"It's the best step I have ever made."

He chose the Legacy, "because I've always had Subaru's and you can buy bits cheap."

He has had the car for eight years now and it has been reliable and economical.

"If you look after it, it looks after you."

However, there is no getting away from the fact Krammer is on a shoestring budget and items such as new tyres are few and far between.

But he does pay tribute to those who support him, Tuatapere Service Station, who look after his fuel requirements, Tyreland for wheel alignments and BNT Motorsport.

Wife Hannah co-drives.

"She wanted to sit in the seat. I took her for a spin and she liked it. She keeps me in order, we work well together."

Despite the lack of budget Krammer has excelled in the old car. He has collected a second and a third from two appearances at the Rankelburn Rally and his best result at Catlins is a seventh overall.

Keeping in mind that the Catlins Rally always attracts a top-class field, it was a huge result. Krammer also won the recent Tokanui Hillclimb.

"I have always wanted to win a gravel event outright. I was pretty stoked," he said.

He is looking forward to this year's Catlins Rally after failing to finish last year when he suffered brake problems.

His last event was the Reserve Road Hillclimb. "I finished third, so we are ready to go."

The crews will cover 161 kilometres of special stage competition with a further 82 kilometres of touring stages with the first car leaving the start at Owaka Motors, in Owaka, at 9am on Saturday, while the final stage again takes place at the extremely popular spectator friendly Riverside Reserve in Balclutha at 3.40pm that afternoon.

Support for the 2014 Catlins Coast Rally comes from the Rosebank Lodge, Vodafone, SouthRoads, Owaka Motors, Century/Yuasa Batteries and Catlins Cafe.

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The rally is round four of the Clearwater Painting Mainland Rally Championship and round two of the Laird Motorsport Southern Rally Series.

- The Southland Times

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