‘This one is for you, Chris’ – Moloney dedicates New Zealand Rally win to late friend Chris Davison

Noel Moloney has dedicated his win on the Rally Challenge section of the recent International Rally of Whangarei to the memory of top New Zealand co-driver Chris Davison who passed away last month.

Moloney and his driver Quentin Palmer won the category on last weekend’s second round of the New Zealand Rally Championship after a superb drive in their Mitsubishi Lancer E5.

They claimed honours by a whopping three minutes and 39.7 seconds over David Sievers and Matt Sayers in their Subaru Impreza WRX.

Championship leader Andy Martin (with co-driver Rocky Hudson) finished third a further minute and 52 seconds back in his Subaru Impreza STI.

It was Duagh native Moloney’s best-ever result in either Ireland or New Zealand.

“I’m honouring this trophy to a late friend of mine Chris Davidson who passed away a few weeks ago,” Moloney told Kerry Motorsport News. “He was a top co-driver and a dear friend who will be sorely missed in the rallying community.”

Chris Davison passed away on April 19.

“He was always a fun and friendly competitor around the service park and achieved great success in the co-driver’s seat, including the inaugural Rally Challenge co-drivers’ championship with Graham Featherstone in 2013 and the Open 2WD co-drivers’ championship in 2018 with Wayne Pittams. His sense of humour and kind nature will be greatly missed not only by those he guided in the car, but by the whole rallying community,” said a New Zealand Rally Championship statement at the time.

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