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Rally Cars in the Streets of Rotorua

High Speed Race and Rally Cars in the Streets of Rotorua

Central Rotorua will transform into Motorsport Central when the Hella Battery Town Rally of Rotorua commences on Thursday 10th July. A Rally Expo supported by the Radio Network and the MTA Bay of Plenty Motorsport Show will turn the Rotorua CBD into a colourful array of competition car and trade displays prior to the ceremonial start of the second round the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship at City Focus in the heart of Rotorua.

The Rally Expo and Motorsport Shows will surround City Focus on Tutanekai Street in central Rotorua. The Motorsport Show will commence Thursday morning, with the Rally Expo beginning at 1pm.

The Rally Expo will showcase the leading national and international teams contesting the Rotorua Rally. Drivers and their vehicles will be on display providing the opportunity for the public to rub shoulders with the drivers and their machinery and collect souvenir posters and autographs.

In a new initiative the MTA Bay of Plenty Motorsport Show will include vehicles from all forms of motorsport including V8 Touring Cars, Porsche GT Sports, Single Seaters, Go-Karts, Super Trucks, Jet Boats and Speedway machinery. Merchandise and trade displays will also be operating in the area, providing a festival atmosphere in the lead up to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship entrants crossing the ceremonial start ramp in City Focus from 5.30pm onwards.

Chairman of the organising committee Laurie Brenssell stated, "The addition of the Rally Expo and MTA Bay of Plenty Motorshow is part of our efforts to create a real spectacle for the public of Rotorua and those traveling to the event."

After the ceremonial start in City Focus on the evening of 10h July, the Rally of Rotorua incorporates three legs of competition in the Motu, Kawerau and Rotorua districts, and ends on the afternoon of Sunday 13th July back at City Focus.

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