Rally Wairarapa Shows Support for Racetech

Press Release - 25 August 2013

With Racetech Seats having been such a strong supporter of the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, it is now time for Rally Wairarapa and the wider motorsport community to return the favour.

Along with many others, the rally organising committee was shocked to see the pictures of the fire that looks to have destroyed much of Racetech’s manufacturing facility and offices on Friday. As Racetech’s owner David Black has said in the media "I'm feeling absolutely gutted, I've been in a few building fires before but it doesn't make you feel any better when it's your own."

“We sympathise with David’s position and offer him our full support in what is a terrible time for him and his team,” says Rally Chairman John Clunie, “David has been a fantastic supporter of ours from the beginning and we will be doing everything we can to support him in return”.

Hayden Paddon and John Kennard sitting pretty in their Racetech seats as they contest the World Rally Championship.

Rally Wairarapa celebrates 11 years in its current format this year, and 10 years as part of the New Zealand Rally Championship. Racetech have been a sponsor and supporter from the start, becoming an integral part of the event’s success. More recently Racetech have supported the Daybreaker Rally through the GoPro brand of products they sell.

David and his team have transformed Racetech from a small seat manufacturer into not only a Kiwi motorsport icon, but an internationally recognised leader in motorsport safety equipment. Their seats are renowned as being some of the best in the world, and are used by a variety of competitors from Australian V8 Supercars, to the World Rally Championship, to the local club drivers. Their products continue to have a direct impact on improving competitor safety.

“We have already been in contact with David to see how we can assist him”, says Committee Secretary Bruce Sollitt. “One of his first comments was, “We will be at the rally””. Although down, Racetech certainly isn’t out, with plans already under way to get operational as soon as possible. Which means the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa is unaffected by this unfortunate turn of events.

The planning for this year’s Rally Wairarapa continues at pace to be ready for the 5th October event. Reverting back to a one day format, a challenging 163km route of competition stages has been planned to test the skills and endurance of those contesting the Brian Green Properties New Zealand Rally Championship, the Malcolm Stewart Classic Rally and the Geartech Central Region Rally Series.

As an event that is a favourite amongst drivers from all over the country, entries are flowing in, and the regional areas of the Wairarapa and Tararua districts are set to get a boost. With the main service area located in Eketahuna, the Tararua township will become motorsport central for the day.

“We are looking forward to staging a fantastic event, and to the mutual support we can offer Racetech”, says John Clunie.

For full information on the event, visit www.rallywairarapa.co.nz

For more information on Racetech visit www.racetech.co.nz

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