Travelling to the shores of New Zealand for the first time, Sami-Joe took advantage of having the same amount of knowledge of the stages as his more seasoned rivals, winning by nearly five seconds over two-time world champion Nexl. Rounding out the top three was Kriim, who matched his best result so far this season.
Kriim’s podium finish saw him sneak ahead of Izamusing in the overall standings by a narrow two points. Another big mover was Williams eSports driver Botti Jr, who is up to fifth position, thanks to his fifth-placed finish. He moves two points ahead of Noel while Jonno, Mihalo and and Hujda are all in touching distance, separated by just eight points from Botti Jr.
Over in the teams’ standings, the top of the table is significantly closer. On the back of Sami-Joe’s latest victory, Seventh Gear e-Sport Club stay at the top of the standings, 14 points ahead of Race Clutch. If they want to remain there much longer however, Sami-Joe will require some stronger supporting roles from his team-mates with Greekman the next-best finishing driver from his team, back in 26th position.
Action continues in a fortnight, when the Championship returns to Europe for the first time since February, as competitors prepare to take on Rally Germany from 16-19 April.