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All was quiet in natureville... until at around 7:30am when the first round of the 2014 national Gold Rush rally in Coromandel, New Zealand swung into full force. Three times these brave top sport drivers ferociously flung their machines around the last of the upward bend on the 309 Rd, momentarily accelerating to top speed on a very short stretch of tarmac seal and then dramatically taking on an immediate decent, once more on loose and uneven surfaces. A small crowd of residents were there at the top to egg them on... and even received a few waves, toots of the horn and flash of the lights in recognition. We ate a lot of dirt, in the middle of the action but had a ball doing it! Nature went on as usual when the show was over... Don’t forget to put the HD option on, as this is recorded in the full HD + Dolby surround 5+1, so pump the volume up too! Stage 9, the final stage, of the Goldrush Rally of Coromandel finished with Geoff Argyle and Joelle Eyre in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO8 achieving the fastest overall time. Argyle and Eyre finished in a total time of 1:40:49.5, more than a minute ahead of the second fastest team of Phil Campbell and Venita Fabbro in a Mitsubishi EVO Lancer 9, who achieved a time of 1:41:53.4. The third fastest time was a tight battle with Carl Davies and Tracey Millar finishing in a time of 1:42:03.8, only 1.2 seconds ahead of fourth placed Nigel Adams and Tanya Gwynne’s time of 1:42:05.0. Richard and Sara Mason, who have already won the New Zealand Rally series (of which the Goldrush Rally is a part) had to withdraw during stage 6 after their Subaru Imprezza WRX STi suffered a snapped rear toe link. The Mercury Bay community showed tremendous support for the rally with scores of people attending last night’s street party in Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga and today lining Joan Gaskell Drive in town watching the rally's two 1.17km super stages (stages 7 and 9). Rally organisers said it’s most likely that the rally will return to Mercury Bay next year. Start List 1 1 Richard Mason Sara Mason Subaru Impreza WRX STi NZ1/D RC 07:00 2 2 Ben Hunt Tony Rawstorn Subaru Impreza WRX STi NZ1/D RC 07:01 3 3 David Holder Ben Hawkins Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 NZ1/D RC 07:02 4 4 Matt Summerfield Nicole Summerfield Subaru Impreza WRX NZ1/D RC 07:03 5 5 Lance Williams Raymond Bennett Subaru Impreza R4 NZ1/XT/D RC/TH/XT 07:04 6 6 Andrew Hawkeswood Jeff Cress Mazda 2 NZ1/D RC 07:05 7 7 Alex Kelsey Malcolm Peden Kelsey MC2 NZ1/XT/D RC/XT 07:06 8 8 Phil Campbell Venita Fabbro Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9 NZ1/XT/D RC/XT 07:07 9 9 Nigel Adams Tanya Gwynne Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 XT1/D XT 07:08 10 10 Geof Argyle Joelle Eyre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 XT/D TH/XT 07:09 11 11 Graham Featherstone Chris Davison Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7 NZ1/XT/D RC/XT 07:10 12 12 Neil Marshall Richard Carr Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 XT/D XT 07:11 13 14 Dylan Turner Erin Kyle Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 XT/D XT 07:12 14 15 Darren Galbraith James Bracefield Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6 NZ5A/D RC 07:13 15 17 Dave Strong Bruce McKenzie Ford Fiesta S2000 NZ1/XT/D RC/TH/XT 07:14 16 18 Brian Green Fleur Pedersen Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 NZ1/XT/D RC/XT 07:15 17 19 Clinton Cunningham Greg Ruka Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4 NZ1/XT1/D RC/TH/XT 07:16 18 20 Lee Robson Glenn Goldring Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4 XT1/D TH/XT 07:17 19 21 Quentin Palmer Daniel Bassett Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 XT1/D XT 07:18 20 22 Carl Davies Tracey Millar Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 XT/D XT 07:19 21 23 Phillip Broadbent Clyde Walters Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 XT/D XT 07:20 22 24 Wayne Pittams Heather Wise Subaru Impreza WRX XT/D XT 07:21 23 25 Marcus van Klink Dave Neill Mazda RX7 NZ4/XT3/C RC/XT 07:22 24 26 Max Bayley Phillip Deakin Ford Fiesta NZ2/XT3/B RC/XT 07:23 25 27 Daniel Walker Jeremy Dawson Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 1 NZ5A/XT1/E RC/TH/XT 07:24 26 28 Kingsley Jones Waverley Jones Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7 XT/D XT 07:25 27 29 Jonathan Walker Keryn Wallace Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4 XT1/D XT 07:26 28 30 Mitch James Ben Thomasen Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 4 NZ5A/D RC 07:27 29 31 Tony McConachy Jeff Judd Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 NZ1/XT/D RC/XT 07:28 30 32 Warwick Redfern Sam Stubbs Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7 D 07:29 31 33 Anthony Jones Noel Moloney Ford Escort XT3/C TH/XT 07:30 32 34 Tony Gosling Blair Read Ford Escort RS1800 NZ4 RC 07:31 33 36 Andy Martin Matt Hayward Mazda RX3 NZ4/XT5/C RC/TH/XT 07:32 34 37 David Wright David Bunyard Ford Escort C 07:33 35 38 Ric Chalmers Chris Gracie Honda Civic XT4/B XT 07:34 36 39 Brent Taylor Chris Ramsay Toyota FT86 NZ3/XT3/C RC/XT 07:35 37 40 Bruce Herbert Jim Hey Toyota Corolla AE86 C 07:36 38 41 Tyson Jemmett Craig Simpson Honda Civic XT4/B XT 07:37 39 42 David Thexton Thomas Thexton Subaru Impreza WRX STi NZ1/D RC 07:38 40 61 Dermott Malley Linzi Malley Peugeot 208 D 07:39 41 43 Rex Vizible Len Fisher Subaru Impreza WRX STi XT1/E TH/XT 07:40