Brakes halt Moloney’s New Zealand run

New Zealand rallying

Duagh-native Noel Moloney was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s Rally of the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island.

The Mitsubishi Lancer he was sharing with local driver Quentin Palmer developed brake problems early in the event.

Their next outing is the Battle of Jack’s Ridge on November 15. This single-stage event will run over what should have been the Power Stage for New Zealand’s World Rally Championship event. COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the September WRC counter.  

Jacks Ridge has been purpose-built as a World Rally Championship Power-Stage for the 2020 WRC Rally New Zealand which was subsequently cancelled in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jacks Ridge WRC Power-Stage has been built around the natural landscape of the rolling hills of Whitford, 20 minutes from downtown Auckland and utilises the undulations, ridges and valleys of the property.

“It has been described as ‘amazing to drive’ by the few drivers that have been privileged to sample the course while the view for the fans is simply mind-blowing,” said an event spokesperson, “The Jacks Ridge WRC Power-Stage is 6.3km of stunning gravel road, of which we have chosen the 2.2km spectacular jump-filled mid-section as the Battle of Jacks Ridge Rally Sprint stage.”

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