Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Large pool of prize money for rally championship contenders

2013 New Zealand Rally Championship
1 March 2013

Large pool of prize money for rally championship contenders

Competitors in the 2013 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship have the additional chase of monetary rewards at each of the season’s six rounds, starting in Dunedin on 6 April.

There are substantial prize winnings for the top-three placed teams in the Super Rally and BNT Historic Rally categories while those competing in the Gull Rally Challenge will be offered the same prize dollar value in the form of fuel vouchers. Offering $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third the pot is further sweetened by Rally of New Zealand Board Chairman Peter ‘PJ’ Johnston offering $500 for the fastest team at each round’s ‘Power Stage’.

Beginning with the two day Drivesouth Rally Otago 6-7 April the championship travels the country with two rounds in the South Island and four in the North, concluding at the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa on 5 October.

The three distinct competition categories encompass sub-classes that include associate New Zealand championship titles.
Super Rally, now supported by Auto Finance Direct, caters for all modern two and four-wheel-drive cars, including the new generation cars being constructed for Alex Kelsey, Emma Gilmour and Andrew Hawkeswood. BNT Historic Rally is for cars pre 1987 with teams in both earning points toward the overall Goldstar New Zealand championship title.
The Gull Rally Challenge formula is for rally schedule compliant cars – but in a one day format for the two multi-leg events (Otago and Whangarei). Additionally, teams drop their worst score from one of the first five rounds, giving them further budget flexibility.

“We’ve brought to fruition a formula that has reduced the championship entry fee and also returns regular prize winnings,” says series co-ordinator Laurie Brenssell.

“The continuing support of the Brian Green Property Group, Gull and now BNT has allowed us to offer consistent and valued rewards.

“Add to that the additional $500 for winning the ‘Power Stage’ – a nominated stage at each rally where additional championship points are offered for the fastest five cars. It’s a significant return to the winners pocket while they’re chasing for a championship title – and provides an immediate incentive for doing well.”

Following the opening round in Dunedin from 6 to 7 April the series heads north for the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship round at the International Rally of Whangarei (17-19 May). The rest of the season is then one day events: Daybreaker Rally (Manawatu, 29 June), Canterbury Rally (10 August), 10th Anniversary Possum Bourne Memorial Rally, sponsored by Vantage (7 September) with the final being held at the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa (5 October).

News and information about the championship – including driver profiles and team news – can be found on the website, or follow New Zealand Rally Championship on Facebook.

# # #

Calendar: 2013 New Zealand Rally Championship
Round 1 – 5 to 7 April – Rally of Otago (NZRC)
Round 2 – 18 to 19 May – International Rally of Whangarei (NZRC, APRC)
Round 3 – 29 June – Daybreaker Rally, Manawatu (NZRC)
Round 4 – 10 August – Rally Canterbury
Round 5 – 7 September – 10th Anniversary Vantage Possum Bourne Memorial Rally, South Auckland (NZRC)
Round 6 – 5 October – Rally Wairarapa (NZRC)

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news