Wairarapa Celebrates 10 Years in Championship

Press Release - 28 July 2013

As Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa celebrates its 10th consecutive year as a round of the NZ Rally Championship, this years incarnation sees the motorsport rally revert back to a one day event. The 5th October date for the event also makes it the finale to the Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship.

“We have run this late in the year before, and usually the better weather should see the roads in excellent condition”, says Clerk of the Course Dave Davies.

However the one day format won’t detract from the nature of the event. Having plotted approximately 163km of competition, over 10 stages, means it will be a challenge for all, from the rock stars at the front to the club competitors at the back.

“The consolidation of two days into one means that we have been able to cherry pick many of the favourites from previous years,” continues Davies.

Alex Kelsey at the start of last years event.
Photo Credit - Jody Seabright

Once again the event is based at the fabulous Copthorne Solway Park Resort Hotel in Masterton, where the competition heads out east to the Pacific coast before returning inland. With the service park based in the Tararua town of Eketahuna, the population will swell tremendously as service crew, officials, and spectators make themselves at home for the day. It is then into a loop of stages around Eketahuna before heading south and back to the Solway for the finish.

“The support we have received from the Tararua, Carterton, and Masterton districts over the years has been tremendous”, says Rally Chairman John Clunie. “Therefore we wanted to ensure that the vast bulk of the money the wider rally community spends, stays in the local district. Certainly the hospitality that towns like Eketahuna and Masterton provide is second to none”.

Within Rally Wairarapa is the very popular Malcolm Stewart Classic Rally. As a way of preserving the history of NZ motorsport and the memory of one of the greats of rallying in this country, this rally within a rally is becoming more and more popular. Especially as it is the second round of the Classic Challenge Trophy, paired with Rally Otago earlier this year.

This means that yet again Rally Wairarapa has multiple attractions, with the best in the country contesting the national championship, the local and regional competitors contesting the Geartech Central Region Rally Series, and the classic cars being used as they were intended to be in the Malcolm Stewart Classic Rally.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic event, and a fitting finale to the season”, says John Clunie. “Fabulous facilities at the Solway make for a great rally venue, and an even better party to finish the season with”.

To keep up to date with information as it becomes available, visit www.rallywairarapa.co.nz

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