With the Malcom Stewart Classic Rally being the first round of the Classic Challenge Trophy (partnered with the Otago Classic Rally) these drivers will be not only be looking for line honours in this event, but also as many points as possible for the trophy.
However, fighting for the overall rally title will be an exciting mix of competitors registered for the 2012 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powered by Brother, the Total Lubricants Rally Xtreme Challenge, and the Geartech Central Region Rally Series. With Rally Wairarapa being the only opportunity to gain points in all three series at once, many will be looking to make the most of this points frenzy.
Hot on attack will be Alex Kelsey after his surprise championship win at the Brother Rally of Whangarei. His top seeding will see him start first on the road. A position he is unfamiliar with as he chases points for both the NZ Rally Championship and Rally Xtreme.
Joining Kelsey will be the crowd pleasing Group B Audi Quattro S1 coupled to the flamboyant driving style of Andrew Hawkeswood, as he too as entered the NZRC and Rally Xtreme.
Making the competition even more interesting will be the battle between the four former national rally champions. Chris West, Geof Argyle and Dean Sumner will be fighting it out with local hero Richard Mason, who is also the NZRC defending champion.
Mason will be looking to get his 2012 season back on track after a DNF at Rally Whangarei. Having almost taken out a mortgage on his home event, this will be his best opportunity to do so.
Adding spice to this contest will be the interest between the Group A cars of Argyle and Sumner as they compete in the Rally Xtreme Challenge, as opposed to the Group N cars of Mason and West in the NZRC.
Full spectator information, including maps and schedules are available from www.rallywairarapa.co.nz
while live results will be on line at www.chrissport.co.nz