Rally Wairarapa highlights competitor focus
- 14th March 2012, 8:44am
Following the success of last year, the use of pre-event scrutineering and documentation will again be utilised. This means competitors can get their cars scrutineered locally, in their home town, and send in copies of their licences so that they can essentially arrive and drive on the day of the event.
“It makes things so much easier and less rushed”, say event secretary Tracey Stringer. “Being able to organise these things in the week before the event means that any issues can be sorted easily”, adds Bruce Sollitt.
The other feature that was used last year and has been extended this year is the ability for competitors to service outside of the designated service park areas. While the competitors entered in the New Zealand Rally Championship must use the designated servicing areas, all others are able to service where they need too in order to keep going.
While everyone is encouraged to use the service parks, the purpose of this is to allow the club and regional competitors to keep going if they strike trouble. “For us the event is as much about the drivers at the end of the field as it is about the front runners. We want to ensure everyone gets the most rally for their money and this is one way we can help them to keep going”, says Sollitt.
Following on from this, the ability to re-join the rally after striking trouble is extended, where re-joining as allowed after each service park, so long as the appropriate procedures have been followed. That means that there are two opportunities each day to get going again. In a new innovation, re-joining has also been extended to allowing the change of a co-driver, which is especially helpful if sickness hampers the competing team.
Certainly the entry list has the potential to be very exciting and interesting this year. Not only is the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powered by Brother, it is also the first round of both the Total Lubricants Rally Xtreme Challenge and the Geartech Central Region Rally Series. On the classic side of things the Malcolm Stewart Classic Rally (which is incorporated into the overall rally) is the first round of the Classic Challenge Trophy, which is paired with the Drive South Otago Classic Rally.
With such a variety of points and trophies to chase, plus the ability to be registered in more than one series, this year’s romp through the Wairarapa and Tararua countryside provides the best opportunity for competitors to get a flying start to their competition season, with a potentially huge points haul, all at the one event. It is certainly an opportunity not to be missed
All of the official Entry Forms, and Regulations are available at the Rally Wairarapa web site, under Event Entry and Regulations www.rallywairarapa.co.nz
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