The Cox Motorsport Team were out in force at the weekend’s prestigious Leadfoot Festival held on Rod Millen’s driveway. Sloan Cox, in the Taslo Engineering Hillclimb Beast, put it all on the line in the final run to finish an incredible 3rd overall with at time of 50.87sec (first kiwi based driver). Second place went to Alister McRae (49.62sec) and well deserved first place Rhys Millen (49.31sec).
Cox started the weekend the way he wanted it to continue, posting a solid second quickest time on the practice run, beaten only by Rod Millen.
Cox’s aim for the weekend was to place on the podium and better last year’s result of 4th overall. Competing against highly successful national and international motorsport drivers, Cox knew that the result he wanted would be a challenge, but the practice run proved he had the pace to be competitive.
As he got his head around the course for another year Cox’s pace quickly increased. This increased speed showed the car could have had better turn in as he continued to fight understeer problems on the Sunday. Apart from this, the car ran strong all weekend with no major problems surfacing.
“I cannot believe how many famous motorsport drivers I got to meet and chat with over the weekend. I find it amazing that they know my name now and congratulated me when I finished 3rd overall. It was an awesome feeling,” says Cox.
Events like Leadfoot Festival are great exposure for Cox Motorsport and our amazing team of sponsors, without whom we could not race. We are thrilled that achieving a podium finish has sparked so much unexpected interested in young Cox, amongst the international drivers.
Cox knows there is still more speed in the Hillclimb Beast and hopes to be invited back to Leadfoot Festival next year with the aim of taking the top podium step.
Cox Motorsport now turn their attention to New Zealand’s first International Rally Cross to be held at Bay Park Stadium on 27th-28th February, where Cox will compete in both Mitsubishi’s for increased exposure.