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Welcome To The Woodend Automotive Rally Team

The family run Woodend Automotive Racing team

Welcome to Woodend Automotive Racing

Woodend Automotive Racing Team consist of Dave, Gemma, Garet, Jess and Ben a family racing team who compete in both Rallying and Motocross.

This team is run by Dave, Dave has had a long serving passion of Motorsport, in Rallying, Circuit Racing and Motocross dating back to the 1970’s. As a family, Dave, Gemma and Jess all competed in motocross during the 2000’s.

Dave returned to the rallying scene after a 20-year hiatus in 2016, where he was planning on just competing in club events after converting his daughters WRX into a rally car. His passion for rallying came back quickly and once Garet and Gemma became involved and “Woodend Automotive Racing Team” came to life. Dave still regularly competes at motocross events and is currently 3rd overall NZ Vets 60-65years old.

Being a family run racing team travelling away together along with the team from Woodend Automotive it a great chance to add to the social comradery of the team.

Shots of our motorsports rally racing team. Woodend Automotive Racing
Shots of our motorsports rally racing team. Woodend Automotive Racing

Motorsport Is A Family Affair

Garet and Gemma are very fortunate to run under The Woodend Automotive Racing Team, This team is run by Dave. Dave has had a long-serving passion of motorsports in Rallying, Circuit Racing and Motocross dating back to 1970s.

Dave returned to the rallying scene after a 20-year hiatus in 2015, where he was planning on just competing in club events after converting his daughters WRX into a rally car. His passion for rallying came back quickly and once Garet and I became involved and “Woodend Automotive Racing Team” to life.

Racing under Woodend Automotive Racing Team they were able to make use of their state of the art workshop and wheel alignment facilities, as well as the automotive technicians joining them at rallies as the service team.

They have been given an amazing opportunity for 2018, Dave and Woodend Automotive Racing Team are not only supporting their dream of continuing their Rally Career, but Dave has also built them a 2008 Subaru WRX STI to use for 2018/2019. They cannot thank him enough for this opportunity and can’t wait to show their number 1 supporter what we can do

Highlights Over The Years

2019

  • Mainland Overall Champion Driver & Co-driver
  • 1st Overall Catlins Coast Rally
  • NZRC Cat 5a 3rd Overall
  • Ashley Forest Rallysprint 4th Overall
  • Westland Rally – 2nd Overall
  • Otago Rally – 2nd Overall NZRC Cat 5A, 1st Overall Mainland, 3rd Overall Allcomer
  • South Canterbury Rally – 3rd Overall NZRC Cat 5A
  • Zig Zag Rally Sprint -2nd Overall
  • Mt Alexandra Sprint – 3rd Overall (Day)
  • NZRC Cat 5A – 2nd Overall – 2 rounds remaining
  • Mainland Rally Series – 2nd Overall – 1 round remaining

2018

  • Nelson Rally – 2nd Overall
  • Hemner Rally 2nd Overall
  • Catlin’s Rally – 6th Overall
  • Sth Canterbury Rally – 3rd Overall (Allcomers), 2nd Overall (NZRC Cat5A)
  • Ashley Forest Rallysprint – 4th Overall 59.67
  • Auchenflower RD Sprint – 3rd Overall
  • Kaiwara Rd Sprint – 3rd Overall
  • Snowdon Rd Sprint -2nd Overall

Mainland Series

  • 5th Overall (Driver)
  • 2nd Overall (Co-Driver)
  • 2nd Overall – D Class

Autosports Club Championship

  • 3rd Overall
  • 2nd Overall – D Class

Highlights

  • Finishing only 1.27mins behind NZRC Champion Ben Hunt at Nelson Rally
  • Getting under the magic 1min mark at Ashley Forest Rallysprint

2017

  • 1st overall – Snowden Rd Rally Sprint
  • 2nd Overall Waimate 50 Rally Sprint
  • Nelson Rally – 4rd Overall
  • Westland Rally 10th Overall (First Rally, 3rd on SS2)
  • Hamner Rally – 8th Overall

Mainland Series

  • 6th Overall
  • Mainland Series E Class – 1st Overall
  • Rookie of the Year Mainland Series – Driver & Co-Driver

Autosport Club Championship

  • 4th Overall
  • 3rd Overall D Class
  • Novice Driver Trophy

Highlights

  • Winning stage 3 at Nelson Rally ahead of ex-NZRC champion Ben Hunt – and winning by 3 seconds
  • Finishing top 10 in every rally we contested and finished.
  • Finishing all 6/7 rallies – Mechanical breakdown at Otago Rally
Shots of our motorsports rally racing team. Woodend Automotive Racing
Shots of our motorsports rally racing team. Woodend Automotive Racing

Woodend Racing Youtube Videos

MoMac Ride #1 Dave Ollis and Tony Myers - Ashley Forest Rally Sprint 2019

MoMac Ride #5 Julian Ball & Garet Thomas - Ashley Forest Rally Sprint

MoMac Ride #4 Garet Thomas & Hannah McGlashen - Ashley Forest Rally Sprint 2019

Garet Thomas - Rally Driver, Mainland Series. MoMac Interview 2019

Team Woodend Automotive Racing, Otago Rally 2019 - Livestream Cut

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#woodendautomotiveracingteam are heading off to stage 1 of Catlins Coast Rally Official.

Garet and Robb are in the white car out to have some fun for the weekend and Dave and Gary are in the black (Awwyes) car 🙂
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#woodendautomotiveracingteam are heading off to stage 1 of Catlins Coast Rally Official. 

Garet and Robb are in the white car out to have some fun for the weekend and Dave and Gary are in the black (Awwyes) car 🙂Image attachment