Entries Still Open for Epic Daybreaker Rally

Press Release - 8 September 2014

Preparations continue at pace for the GoPro Daybreaker Rally on 27th September, as the excitement builds for both competitors and organisers. Based out of Palmerston North and traversing the roads of the Rangitikei and the northern Manawatu this event is set to provide a challenging adventure for the competing crews, as they taken on 11 special stages over 196km of competition.

And there is still an opportunity for teams to enter the event. “We’ve kept entries open for as long as we can”, says Clerk of the Course Dave Davies. “The roads are fantastic and it will be a unique opportunity”. This means that entries are open up until Monday 15th September.

Certainly one of the highlights will be getting access to the fabulous roads around Taihape. Not used since the days of the Taihape Gumboot Rally of the 1990s these roads hold fond memories for many. “These are some of the best roads I’ve been on” continues Davies, “the competitors are going to love them.”


Contesting both the Central Region Rally Series & The NZ Championship - Graham Featherston is chasing double points at the Daybreaker Rally.
Photo Credit: Jody Seabright

The Daybreaker Rally of the 80s and 90s has long been reminisced about, when the rally was a true adventure. Starting at midnight and cramming in as much competition into one day as humanly possible, it was an achievement just to finish.

These days’ rallying is more of a sprint event by comparison. So while there is no return to a midnight start, the 2014 GoPro Daybreaker Rally is recapturing the essence of the adventure. “We had been asked for many years when we were going to run night stages, and when the Daybreaker was going to live up to its name” says rally chairman John Clunie. “Well we’ve done it and were excited to bring a unique event back to the rally calendar”.

The event fills a niche between the more usual one day events and the multi day marathon events. This means that the weekend warrior and the national championship competitors alike can enjoy the challenge and adventure, without the expense and commitment of the multi day events.

Starting before dawn, the competitors will complete two night stages before servicing in Taihape at day break. With a loop of stages around Taihape, it is then a trip back down country to the more familiar loop of stages around Apiti, to finish back in Palmerston North, at The Square.

The best drivers in the country will be competing, as they contest the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, driven by Vinz. This provides a bench mark for club and regional competitors to measure themselves against, especially those contesting the Geartech Central Region Rally Series. And being over a longer distance, anything can, and will, happen.

This event certainly has got a lot of people talking. Now the time for action is here and a new chapter in the history of rallying is about to unfold. It’s hard to wait to see what happens.

Full event information and entry forms are available at www.daybreaker.co.nz




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