Noel Moloney will turn his attention to the International Rally of Whangarei later this after a disappointing start to the New Zealand Rally Championship two weeks ago.
Moloney and his driver Quentin Palmer are contesting the newcomer’s category of the NZRC this year.
The Mitsubishi Lancer crew hoped to open their account on last month’s Otago Rally but retired after two stages following an engine failure.
Their day started well, they were 12th fastest overall on the opening Burma Road test despite a costly spin.
“That cost us about 11 or 12 seconds,” the Duagh native explained. “We had to go back down the road to turn around.”
However, things go worse on stage two – Adam’s Flat.
“The stage was good up until one kilometre from the end when smoke starting bellowing into car,” he said. “So, we made it over the finish and stopped and grabbed fire extinguishers because a lot of smoke came from the engine. oil had been spat out everywhere so we got towed back to service.”
It was in the service park that they realised they were going no further.
“The engine cried enough,” he added. “We were gutted we couldn’t carry on but that’s rallying. The team will get it fixed and we are back out for Rally Whangarei in a few weeks’ time.”
International Rally of Whangarei takes place on May 14 and 15.
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