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This year’s Possum Bourne Memorial Rally will be run in conjunction with Rally New Zealand, with competitors starting the event in Pukekohe on Saturday, September 1, before joining competitors in the NZ round of the WRC before the start of Leg 2.

Run on the same roads as the WRC, entrants in the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally will also get the chance to compete on the Mystery Creek Super Special Stage in front of huge crowds.

"I would like to thank the organisers for once again planning another awesome event,” Possum Bourne’s widow, Peggy, said.

“It is not only an honour and in memory of Possum, but represents everything Possum loved and had a passion for. Rallying gave him such a buzz and I'm sure it will for all of this year's competitors, especially as the event will now be running behind the Rally New Zealand.

“Possum always believed in grassroots rallying and he would be stoked that everyone gets the chance to compete alongside the best in the world on the very roads that the benchmark is now set. It is a huge honour and my family are so appreciative that a stage in the Rally New Zealand has also been named after Possum on the same roads he so enjoyed rallying on,” Peggy added.

“I hope everyone really enjoys this event, just as I know Possum would have."

Possum Bourne, New Zealand’s best known rally driver, was the Australian Rally Championship for seven consecutive years, from 1996 to 2002, and also won the Asia Pacific Rally Championship three times.

The face behind Subaru in New Zealand and Australia, he was tragically killed in a road accident prior to the 2003 Race to the Sky Hillclimb in New Zealand’s South Island.

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