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Rally New Zealand: High Octane at Hampton (NZRC Round 2)

When:

Sat 7 May 2011, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 8 May 2011, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park, Hampton Downs Road, Te Kauwhata, North Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Hampton Downs Sunday: $27.00 ($25.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Children under 12 (with paying adult): $0.00
  • Rally stage spectators - gold coin donation: $0.00
  • Adult Hampton Downs Saturday: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Kate Gordon-Smith

Sub-titled ‘High Octane at Hampton’, the 2011 running of Rally New Zealand features a fresh rally-plus-race blend of action for motorsport fans of all ages.

The two-day event takes place on 7 and 8 May 2011. The rally headquarters and service park are located at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, where fans can enjoy watching rally competitors tackle the fantastic circuit during their high speed super special stages, alongside a mix of great support races, displays, entertainment and activities for all the family. The main rally route take in top class gravel stages in the Franklin, North Waikato and Raglan districts.

Rally New Zealand, while not a World Rally Championship event in 2011, is the second round of the 2011 New Zealand Rally Championship, which sees New Zealand’s top rally drivers battle it out for line honours and valuable championship points.

Strong entries are expected for the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally. Run by the Pukekohe Car Club in honour of the late Possum Bourne, this diverse field of rally cars and competitors power through the same special stages as the top tier competitors.

New in 2011 – and expected to be a real crowd-pleaser – is the Rally New Zealand Historic Rally. This draws on the ever-growing worldwide enthusiasm for historic rallying with the Rally New Zealand Historic Rally class open to genuine historic cars built before 1987. Fans can delight in the sights and sounds of seeing the classic Ford Escorts, Mazda’s mighty rotary RX3 and RX7 models, Porsches, Holdens, Toyotas and Nissans in action on some of New Zealand’s very best rally roads.

Rally New Zealand’s High Octane at Hampton also features top class racing, displays and entertainment. It’s must-do, family-friendly extravaganza of motorsport.

Come and see New Zealand’s first-ever Gymkhana X (said eX) where New Zealand’s most sensational rally drivers take on our best drifters on a tight Ken Block-style timed course.

Then there’s the awesome Time Attack comp, where purpose-built racers put it all on the line for one faultless lap of the circuit. It’s all about power, the perfect chassis, suspension and brake set up - fastest lap time wins.

High Octane on Hampton also features fantastic ‘big banger’ circuit racing, a Deluxe bikini model comp, drift demonstrations from D1NZ and a full-on PlayStation Gran Turismo 5 virtual racing challenge with fantastic prizes.

High Octane on Hampton is the super-charged sideshow for this year’s Rally New Zealand which sees New Zealand’s best rally drivers tackles three exciting super special stages at Hampton Downs in between the other fantastic action.

Enjoy amazing rally-plus-race-plus-drift action, all in one special day, Sunday 8 May.

Fans can sign up for regular newsletters via the event’s website, www.rallynz.org.nz, and also keep up with the latest news via Rally New Zealand’s Facebook page. Tickets for the two-day Rally New Zealand Hampton Downs extravaganza will go on sale in March with special early-bird ticket prices available.