There was no change in fortunes for South Canterbury rally driver Chris West, despite his new car in the fifth round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, the Rally of Gisborne.
After being forced to retire on day one after again looking promising, West showed what he was capable of in a strong day two performance.
The effort saw West and co-driver Chris Cobham both take fourth in their respective drivers' and co-drivers' championships after a season in which several minor issues cost them points.
The rally was the fifth and final round of the championship and the debut appearance for West and Cobham's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10.
West, the 2004 National Rally Champion, started well on Saturday leading after the third special stage.
However, disaster struck two stages later when the car clipped a railway sleeper, breaking a steering arm. West and Cobham were out on the spot. Repairs were made and West rejoined the fray yesterday for the second leg of the event.
West showed the potential of the new car throughout the day.
Of the five stages, he won three, building up a good lead after the demise of Richard Mason who had clinched his fourth national title the previous day.
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