May date for 2010 Rally New Zealand
- 25th June 2009, 8:49am
The full 2010 WRC calendar was ratified at the June meeting of the FIAâ€™s World Motor Sport Council, and this saw the early May date confirmed for New Zealand, says Rally New Zealand chairman Chris Carr.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased and excited to have the dates confirmed for Rally New Zealand to run on the second weekend in May next year,â€ says Carr. â€œNow our planning can begin in earnest. It also helps for the planning of other local motorsport events around Rally New Zealandâ€™s confirmed dates of Friday 7 May to Sunday 9 May, 2010.
â€œRally New Zealand has been run in August for the past few years, with the early spring date causing some concerns for farming communities along the many spectacular rural roads that have made our event world-famous,â€ says Carr.
Rally New Zealand route planner Willard Martin says the May date is ideal with excellent road conditions before the winter rains.
â€œLast year in August we had rain bombs and major slips to contend with. Hopefully with the better weather in May, we will attract even more spectators to watch the worldâ€™s rallying stars in action,â€ says Martin.
Rally New Zealand has been a round of the World Rally Championship since 1977. It was last run in 2008, then the event was rotated off the WRC calendar for 2009 as per the FIAâ€™s current policy to rotate events between countries on a biennial basis. Whether or not that policy will continue beyond 2010 is yet to be decided.
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