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Toughest offroad race attracts record entry

10 July 2013

Toughest offroad race attracts record entry

• ENZED on board for spectacular offroad endurance race
• All-new course with spectator-friendly farmland start
• TV coverage, dates, distance confirmed

Organisers of the 2013 Taupo 1000 international offroad race have confirmed a record entry for September’s event, with pre-race ‘intent’ registrations standing at 140.

Taupo 1000 spokesperson Tony Saelman says the race now has a major sponsor, television coverage confirmed, an all-new course based around a ‘classic’ 50 km lap, and the biggest-ever entry – all of which are “a major step forward” and an endorsement of the quality of the event itself.

The two-day endurance race recently signed a main sponsor and will be known as the ENZED Taupo 1000.

“We’re really pleased that such a high profile company as ENZED, with such a long and proud history of involvement in motorsport, has become our main sponsor and event partner. This adds so much to the months of hard work we do as race organisers and volunteers to make this iconic race happen,” he said.

It is the first time ENZED has become involved in offroad racing at such a high level.

With eight weeks until the race cars and trucks grid up to race, five former Taupo champions have confirmed they will compete. They are Alan Butler (Auckland), Clim Lammers (Hikurangi), Tony McCall (Auckland), Melvin Rouse (Whangarei) and Clive Thornton (Whakatane).

Run over three days in September, the Taupo 1000 is the longest, toughest, fastest offroad race in the southern hemisphere, completing 1000 km over two days – or the equivalent of a Bathurst 1000 track race without once running on sealed roads. Free practice and qualifying laps are to be held over a short course on Friday 13 September, with the race itself taking place on the Saturday and Sunday and competitors aiming to complete up to 500 km per day.

The event has been plotted over a new course based around a 50 km lap on new roads never used for the race in its 20 year history, with a new pit and prologue area on rolling farmland just 12 kilometres from Taupo.

“We always try to run to a 50 km lap, it’s part of the challenge of the event. The race runs over two days for safety, and to ensure people get a good run at the whole event. It’s an epic distance and an epic course, and we are very excited to see the response from racers,” said Mr Saelman.

The international standing of the Taupo 1000 grows year by year. With race teams planning their Taupo 1000 assault up to two years before the event, the event always draws record numbers of media and is covered for television in New Zealand and Australia.

The Taupo 1000’s official coverage will screen in New Zealand on TV3. In Australia, the race will be shown on Simon Christie’s popular 4WD TV programme. Christie and his crew have covered the Taupo 1000 since 2007.

Each year the online profile of the race grows, with its Facebook page attracting tens of thousands of views per day and a race-weekend daily ‘reach’ approaching 400,000. Racers post on-board and other footage on Youtube and link the coverage back to their own team’s social media channels and to the event page.

This year, the race will once more be a feature of the CRC Speedshow, New Zealand’s biggest automotive and motorsport expo.

“Every time this race happens it takes huge steps beyond what has gone before. One of the great things this year is the new track. We have been able to bring the race much closer to Taupo, and the new start-finish and pit area is on wide, open rolling farmland which means spectators get to see plenty of race action from the one location,” said Mr Saelman.

The 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000 begins with practice and qualifying on Friday September 13. Race days are Septrember 14 and 15. Event information is available online at the race website and on its Facebook page,

About the Taupo 1000
Longest, toughest, fastest: the Taupo 1000 has been the flagship event in New Zealand offroad racing since 1992.

It has always run to a total distance of 1000 km, and has consistently attracted international entries.

Initially modelled after the Baja 1000 offroad race in Mexico, the Taupo 1000 has a higher average speed than that northern hemisphere classic. It is run every two years in recognition of the punishing challenge racers face in trying to win this ‘race among races’ and the preparation required in order to complete 1000 km of racing in two days.

Every year, the Taupo 1000 takes a step forward in event management, technology and quite simply the ‘wow’ factor of bringing together more than 100 of the top offroad race teams from New Zealand and overseas for a two-day thrash through the logging roads and tracks of the biggest production pine forest in the southern hemisphere.

This year the race takes place on an all-new track just 12 km from downtown Taupo. As always, the pit lane for the race will create a temporary village with its own eateries, hot drink vendors, results facility and public address system. This year the race will also have its own FM radio station. The start/finish area is on wide open rolling farmland where the racers will be visible for several kilometres before they power off into the forest.

ENZED began life in New Zealand in the mid 1970’s with the idea of providing a comprehensive hose and fitting service system across all industry sectors. The company pioneered the concept of mobile service vans attending to the needs of clients on site and thus minimising machine downtime.

At the time, the hydraulic hose and connector replacement industry operated in a very traditional manner. Machinery and equipment came to a stop with hose assembly failure, which required removal and identification of the damaged part, getting access to the part and then reassembly. It was all very time consuming, expensive and inconvenient. The ENZED solution was to develop comprehensively equipped service centres and then to take service to its customers using mobile hose shops that can make up virtually any replacement hose assembly quickly, reliably and cost effectively on site.

ENZED’s innovative business model reshaped the industry as a whole and has saved customers millions of dollars in downtime. In the process the company has established a whole new level of quality service.

Today, ENZED HOSE DOCTOR®s are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the company’s service is second to none. Service, quality and response to the needs of customers has seen the business grow across Australia and New Zealand.

The company’s emphasis on quality and service has earned it accreditation to ISO 9001:2008 which is annually audited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), an external auditing body that ensures compliance with all ISO Standards.

“Intent” list of entries to date

1.Pete Tinsley559Hastings NZ
2.Gary Baker & Alan Entwistle830Whakatane NZ
3.Mike Holmes610Nelson NZ
4.Andrew Wilton534Hastings NZ
5.Craig Lord & Nigel Karl999Auckland NZ
6.Glen Raymond215Auckland NZ
7.Scott & Michael Hay2Auckland NZ
8.Angela Lloyd227Rotorua NZ
9.Don Morgan418Wellington NZ
10.Phillip Johnston1001Auckland NZ
11.Paul Smith171Hamilton NZ
12.Mike Cox875Rotorua NZ
13.Stephen Green500Auckland NZ
14.Bryan Chang847Christchurch NZ
15.Alan Hilliam109Waikato NZ
16.Kurk Youngs & Glen Turvey457U.S.A.
17.Vincent Harvey125Christchurch NZ
18.Warren Adams697Auckland NZ
19.Jared McGillivray232Whakatane NZ
20.Roger McKay666Invercargill NZ
21.Colin Sandford806Auckland NZ
22.Ernie Hogg190Auckland NZ
23.Jim Saxton6??Nelson NZ
24.James Buchanan397Auckland NZ
25.Colin Meredith130Waikato NZ
26.Andrew Briggs & Andy Paterson474Feilding NZ
27.Ian Foster1083Auckland NZ
28.Daniel Powell118Christchurch NZ
29.Neville Taylor/Paul Milne664Nelson NZ
30.Allan Joy804Auckland NZ
31.Steve McConnell600Auckland NZ
32.Darrin Thomason & Shane Carey444Nelson NZ
33.Martin van der Wal829Palmerston North NZ
34.Jeff Glover321Wanganui NZ
35.William van der Wal8??Levin NZ
36.Clim Tristan Lammers128Northland NZ
37.Justin Leonard & Scott Nicholls882Wellington NZ
38.Richard Crabb100Auckland NZ
39.Roly DixonNSW AUST
40.Alastair Manning & Terry De Graauw3NZLower Hutt NZ
41.Craig Patterson214Auckland NZ
42.Peter May & Ricky MayC69Palmerston North NZ
43.Brian Howat2??Wellington NZ
44.Brent Humphrey10??Auckland NZ
45.Alan Butler110Auckland NZ
46.Ivan Booth5??Palmerston North NZ
47.Lucinda Maynard205Auckland NZ
48.Chris Whyte & Andrew Thomason140Auckland NZ
49.Neville Mather245Hamilton NZ
50.Mike Konings991Whangarei NZ
51.Jono Richard Climo869Auckland NZ
52.Clive Thornton150Whakatane NZ
53.Reece TrotterU02Ashburton NZ
54.Gary WatsonU90Rangiora NZ
55.Warren JefferyWellington NZ
56.Dale Shannon340Tauranga NZ
57.Jimmy Johnston & Mike Alexander012Auckland NZ
58.Rex Croskery450Te Puke NZ
59.Josh Hoyland365Matamata NZ
60.Craig Westgate836Whangarei NZ
61.Scott Buckley???Auckland NZ
62.Nigel Newlands206Waikato NZ
63.Paul Eayrs169Wellington NZ
64.Tony White606Auckland NZ
65.Martin Gore111Hamilton NZ
66.Keri Louie680Auckland NZ
67.Troy Tuffnell376Auckland NZ
68.Klem Christensen605Taupo NZ
69.Richard A Bachand236 TruckKamloops B.C. Canada
70.Clim Lammers115Hikurangi NZ
71.Garry & Warren Hopkins4??New Plymouth NZ
72.Tim Culling121Melbourne AU
73.Anthony Hewitt230Auckland NZ
74.Gregg Carrington - Hogg & Taine CarringtontbaAuckland NZ
75.Dave Crabb357Kerikeri NZ
76.Donald Preston800Winton NZ
77.Daniel Connor6??Taupo NZ
78.John Gray4??Rotorua NZ
79.Greg Mullins303Pukekohe NZ
80.Chris Nicholls???Napier NZ
81.Gary Scott417Kumeu NZ
82.Paul Ruston???Stratford NZ
83.Gary Preston378Stratford NZ
84.Ashley Kelly192Nelson NZ
85.David Forsyth381Hastings NZ
86.Steven Stokes322Whangarei NZ
87.Grant Sleeman197Papatoetoe NZ
88.James Rolton???Wellington NZ
89.Eric Norman TeersR06Waikato NZ
90.Ben Thomasen???Tauranga NZ
91.Michael SmallR88Tauranga NZ
92.Carter Strang & Grant Guy832Invercargill NZ
93.Grant Rosenburg469Palmerston NZ
94.Melvin Rouse135Hikurangi NZ
95.Hall Motor Racing861Manukau NZ
96.Steven PaceyC09Tauranga NZ
97.Derrick Piper3??Matamata NZ
98.Paul Hussey???Inglewood NZ
99.Malcolm Langley193Whakatane NZ
100.Raana Horan899Auckland NZ
101.Mokai (mooks) Paraha???Auckland NZ
102.Shane Earl HumberstoneRZRGisborne NZ
103.Rocket Ron KirkmanRZRWhangarei NZ
104.Dave BonnifaceU77Auckland NZ
105.Kenneth Mawson575Napier NZ
106.Brendon Holland826Auckland NZ
107.Lance Cargill126Warkworth NZ
108.Hamish LawlorNZ1Gore NZ
109.Jason Delahunty???Mt Maunganui
110.Geoff MatichC18Auckland NZ
111.Brendon Old333Stratford NZ
112.Jay Murray386Auckland NZ
113.Brendon John Elmiger???Taupo NZ
114.Nevil Basalaj???Nelson NZ
115.Sam Baddeley626Taupo NZ
116.Brett Granger904Christchurch NZ
117.Andrew Scarr & Andre Douglas277Auckland NZ
118.Maurice Bain900Opotiki NZ
119.John van Dyk372Nelson NZ
120.Braden Hill346Christchurch NZ
121.Sam Murray & Rob RyanUTVCanterbury NZ
122.Michael John Hendy???Auckland NZ
123.Matthew Pratt3??Canterbury NZ
124.Devlin Hill305Auckland NZ
125.Robin Smith202Auckland NZ
126.Trevor Currin908Whangarei NZ
127.Michael Mabille???Auckland NZ
128.Leon Patchett & Colin Buckley???Auckland NZ
129.Darin Neeley???Whangarei NZ
130.Trevor Cooper189Waihi NZ
131.Tony McCall157Auckland NZ
132.Mike GrahamUAuckland NZ
133.Phillip SmartU08Auckland NZ
134.Greg Winn371Nelson NZ
135.Jardyne Lammers124Hikurangi NZ
136.Andrew Hawkeswood???Auckland NZ
137.Mike Hughes801Europe
138Blair Gibb HowdenRZRWinton NZ
139Brendon Midgely301Auckland NZ
140Tony RadisichU69Auckland NZ


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