Hunt secures a third Manufacturer’s Championship in four years for Subaru

  • Subaru brand ambassador Ben Hunt in his Subaru WRX STI has helped Subaru to its third Manufacturer's Championship win in four years. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
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    Subaru brand ambassador Ben Hunt in his Subaru WRX STI has helped Subaru to its third Manufacturer's Championship win in four years. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
  • Behind every great driver...there is a great co-driver and Tony Rawstorn (left) has done an impeccable job helping Ben Hunt to winning the 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship driver's title. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
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    Behind every great driver...there is a great co-driver and Tony Rawstorn (left) has done an impeccable job helping Ben Hunt to winning the 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship driver's title. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
  • The Hunt Motorsports team is responsible for the mechanical side of the Subaru WRX STI's dominant season - winning five out of the six NZRC rallies. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
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    The Hunt Motorsports team is responsible for the mechanical side of the Subaru WRX STI's dominant season - winning five out of the six NZRC rallies. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
  • Subaru driver Ben Hunt is now a two-time national rally champion after winning his first title in 2015 in a Subaru WRX Impreza. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.
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    Subaru driver Ben Hunt is now a two-time national rally champion after winning his first title in 2015 in a Subaru WRX Impreza. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER.

A near-perfect Brian Green New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) season has seen Subaru brand ambassador Ben Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn help Subaru claim the 2019 Manufacturer’s Championship, after the final round yesterday.

The long-term driver/co-driver pairing won five out of the six NZRC rallies giving Subaru a seven-point lead over its closest rival marque and its third championship in four  years, having been the top manufacturer in 2015 and 2017.

Hunt was aiming to become the first Kiwi driver to ever win six from six rallies in a season and was on track to do so, clocking the fastest times in the first four stages of the six-stage Rally Waitomo in his Subaru WRX STI.

He and Rawstorn had built a 1min:48secs lead and were about 5kms into the 25km Pungarehu Rd stage 5, when a mechanical breakage stopped the Subaru in its tracks.

“We decided to park the car to save the engine,” Hunt says.

“We really enjoyed the first four stages and the roads here in Waitomo were fantastic. To win the first four stages and have a nearly two-minute lead, we were so close to that perfect season. It was not the ending we were after, but we’ve had a great season,” Hunt says.

His success was down to both speed and consistency in the production-based Subaru that his Hunt Motorsports team and Speedhub Motorsport transformed into a rally car four years ago. Hunt has won every leg of each of the first five 2019 NZRC rounds in Whangarei, South Canterbury, Canterbury and Coromandel - where he amassed enough points to claim the championship a round early - with the sole exception of day one at Otago, where he was the NZRC runner-up on the opening leg.

After this dominant season, Hunt now has 10 career NZRC rally victories to his name – good for eighth place on the all-time winners’ list. He is also now a two-time national champion after winning his first championship in 2015 in a Subaru WRX Impreza.

Rawstorn also won the 2019 Co-Driver's Championship by the same impressive margin of 54 points, as Hunt’s driver’s title.

“Huge thanks to our awesome sponsors, the crew and everyone that’s helped us out this season we’re happy to have bought home the 2019 Rally Championship,” Hunt concludes.

 Hunt Motorsports is grateful for support in the 2019 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship from: Subaru of New Zealand, Hydraulink, Motul Oil, Vantage Windows and Doors, Speedhub Motorsport, Gull NZ Fuel, Winger Subaru, Hella NZ, Reiger suspension, Bluebridge, MTF Finance, Wurth, Mean Machine Engines, Vernon Developments, TCC Solutions, Hitech Motorsport, Hunt Diesel, Make Architects, Pirelli, Pagid Racing Brake Pads, Nuzest, SOS and Hammer King.      

 

Brian Green New Zealand Rally Championship points

Ben Hunt 176

Josh Marston 122

Dylan Thomson 89

Kingsley Jones 84

Marcus Van Klink 83

 

 

Catherine Pattison

Public Relations

Subaru of New Zealand

M  +64 (0)27 44 55 389
E  catherine.pattison@subaru.co.nz

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