DOB: 19 July 1988
Team: Subaru do Motorsport / Les Walkden Rallying
Sponsors: Subaru Australia / Les Walkden Rallying
Hometown: Hamilton, New Zealand
Live: Christchurch , New Zealand
Hobbies: Rally, Speedway
Read entered the Australian Rally Championship at the start of 2018, claiming the coveted co-driver seat beside 2016 CAMS Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor, left vacant by the retiring Bill Hayes at the end of 2017.
Read has been rallying since 2004 and has competed as co-driver in more than 100 events around the world, including wins at all three of the 2014, 2015, 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Production Cup Championships, the 2013 and 2014 FIA Asia Pacific 2WD Championships and the 2013 FIA Asia Cup Championship.
Reed is also a familiar face on the New Zealand speedway scene, racing with stock car team Waikato Raiders.
Favourite rally event:
Hokkaido, Japan – amazing event, challenging stages and enthusiastic fans.
Favourite rally stage:
Ashoro Long at Hokkaido, Japan – super fast through Japanese forest and farmland.
Very first rally memory/experience:
In the early 90s when I was three at the Rally NZ, Whakarau Road. My grandparents had a farm on the stage and always remember waking up to the helicopters and then the sound of the Group A beasts coming through
The moment you knew you were hooked on rally:
Career highlight to date:
Winning the Asia Cup with Mike Young and being the first Kiwi in Subaru Australia since Possum.
Most memorable rally moment:
China 2015, Mike battling all day with no power steering only to roll in the final stage, a 2-kilometre run to find spectators to help push it on the wheels in the pouring rain. Then driving on a Chinese motorway, smoke pouring from the tyres rubbing on the body panels and making it with three minutes to spare from exclusion.
Dream rally car:
Group A Subaru Impreza.
Dream road car:
Haven’t really got one… one that gets me to a Rally will do.
Current road car:
Subaru Impreza wagon.
Who is your idol or inspiration:
Colin McRae and Rodger Freath.
Best advice ever received:
Preparation is key.
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be:
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
Tell us one thing about yourself most people don’t know:
I enjoy gardening.
First competitive rally:
Waikato Rally 2004.
Coffs Harbour 2017.
2018 3rd in Make Smoking History Forest Rally with Molly.
2013 APRC 2WD Champion
2014 APRC 2WD Champion
2014 APRC Production Cup Champion
2015 APRC Production Cup Champion
2016 APRC Production Cup Champion