The route for the 2008 NZ Silver Fern International Marathon Rally is expected to comprise of 52 special stages totalling 1295km over the eight days, October 16th - 23rd.
 
Silver Fern Rally Chairman, Hamilton’s Gary Smith, said: “There has been some confusion over the actual length of the event and we wanted to clear this up, but have not been able to do this until the route has been plotted into its draft format.
 
“Last event we received feedback on the length and timing of any future events, and we have tried where possible to make that work. However we are constrained somewhat by local road users, school buses, milk tankers and the like.”
 
The competitive days will start between 7am and 8am, and finish between 4pm and 6pm. There will be the opportunity for drivers to finish the day, and return to their hotels, at the beginning of final service for that day, if they wish. There will be between 5 and 7 special stages per day.
 
Rally Manager, Carl Rabbidge, now has the task of obtaining the local councils' road closure approvals for the route, but expects few problems as he has been working closely with Councils, Forestry, and private owners to secure the best route for 2008.
 
The October 16-23, 2008 event will start in Christchurch, and take competitors to Queenstown, Dunedin, Invercargill, back to Dunedin, Timaru and Christchurch before finishing at Scenic Circle Hotels new Conference Centre in Blenheim.

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