New sponsor joins Rally X Series as 2019 plans formalise
Parts Connection’s Mitsi Galore will join the New Zealand Rally X Series for the second and final round at ASB Baypark Stadium in Tauranga next weekend.
The partnership will see Mitsi Galore – formerly Kempy’s Bitza Mitzy’s – join the New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport Series alongside sister company Toyotaz Galore.
The two parts groups have been long standing partners of the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship in years past, with Toyotaz Galore being primary sponsors of the D1NZ Toyota GT86.
New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport Series Managing Director Brendon White said the developing partnership was the next logical move to help grow the Rally X Series.
“We’re stoked to be expanding our relationship with Mitsi Galore across not only D1NZ but to the all new Rally X Series,” White said.
“We see a great future for the Rally X Series. Even in its infancy we’ve already had a lot of interest from competitors who want to support the series.
“Having both Mitsi Galore and Toyotaz Galore on board will no doubt be a great asset for the competitors too that might need parts along the way.”
Mitsi Galore have been long time supporters of New Zealand motorsport having backed numerous motor racing personalities in years past.
Under the Kempy’s Bitza Mitzy’s name they backed Steve Murphy’s iconic 377 Chevy V8-powered 4WD Mitsubishi Cordia that was a regular at the Ashley Forest Rallysprint.
The debut of the Rally X Series at Max Motors Wellington Family Speedway in Upper Hutt brought a huge variety of rally cars to the grid.
White said he was happy with the turnout for their first round with AP4+ and hillclimb machines, to backyard built rally cars and everything in between.
However, the emphasis for the series now is to end the debut showcase on a high. Already entries for round two have hit half capacity.
“Rallycross is continuing to grow around the world. A solid and stable series is what’s been missing from the New Zealand motor racing landscape for a long time now.
“What we’re saying is ‘let’s give it a go’, and I think after Wellington we were pretty confident that we can make this a long term nationally recognised championship in years to come.
“The foundations are there, now we want to see more drivers giving it a go because there are few opportunities to try fast paced mixed-surface super special stage esque circuits like these.”
The first two-round New Zealand Rally X Series exhibition will conclude next weekend at ASB Baypark Stadium, but White confirmed plans to expand the calendar next season with Demos at the remaining three rounds of the NZ Xtreme Motorsports series planned.
Plans are in place to continue to utilise the stadium setups that are on offer. A 10-year agreement with Wellington Family Speedway means the series will return to Wellington for at least the next two seasons.
Baypark remains a solid fixture on the calendar since the series first ventured to the fifth largest city in 2013.
A full calendar will be confirmed following the conclusion of the 2018 New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport Series, which will finish at Pukekohe Park in May. Early plans for 2019 will see the series expand from a two event showcase to a fully fledged series.