With the Greg Todd Memorial Rally in June being the teams last gravel event, they gained more and more confidence
as the day progressed. Going into the 43km long stage 6 the mighty class B Holder Corolla was storming through the stage,
catching a more powerful class D Evo 8 around 20kms into the twisty stage. While following the Evo a lapse in concentration
ruined the teams chances of a podium finish in class with the Corolla running wide and getting stuck in a culvert. However
all was not lost thanks the sportsmanship displayed by the Smith WRX two cars behind, who at their own expense stopped and
towed the Corolla out. After losing so much time, the team made the decision to back off for the remainder of the event, enjoying
the remaining 2 tight and twisty stages.
Despite the final result, the team had a blast and are relishing the prospect of competing in the event again
next year. Special thanks to sponsors Manukau Auto and Tyre Centre, Silverstone tyres and series sponsor CPS (NZ) Ltd for
making the event possible.
Both Holder and Ellis have thoroughly enjoyed the CPS Top Half Series and are now looking forward to the
possibility of competing in the 2005 New Zealand 2wd Rally Championship.