Toughest offroad race attracts record entry
10 July 2013
Toughest offroad race attracts record entry
• ENZED on board for spectacular offroad
• 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 www.taupo1000.co.nz and on its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EnzedTaupo1000
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.
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“Intent” list of entries to date
|1.||Pete Tinsley||559||Hastings NZ|
|2.||Gary Baker & Alan Entwistle||830||Whakatane NZ|
|3.||Mike Holmes||610||Nelson NZ|
|4.||Andrew Wilton||534||Hastings NZ|
|5.||Craig Lord & Nigel Karl||999||Auckland NZ|
|6.||Glen Raymond||215||Auckland NZ|
|7.||Scott & Michael Hay||2||Auckland NZ|
|8.||Angela Lloyd||227||Rotorua NZ|
|9.||Don Morgan||418||Wellington NZ|
|10.||Phillip Johnston||1001||Auckland NZ|
|11.||Paul Smith||171||Hamilton NZ|
|12.||Mike Cox||875||Rotorua NZ|
|13.||Stephen Green||500||Auckland NZ|
|14.||Bryan Chang||847||Christchurch NZ|
|15.||Alan Hilliam||109||Waikato NZ|
|16.||Kurk Youngs & Glen Turvey||457||U.S.A.|
|17.||Vincent Harvey||125||Christchurch NZ|
|18.||Warren Adams||697||Auckland NZ|
|19.||Jared McGillivray||232||Whakatane NZ|
|20.||Roger McKay||666||Invercargill NZ|
|21.||Colin Sandford||806||Auckland NZ|
|22.||Ernie Hogg||190||Auckland NZ|
|23.||Jim Saxton||6??||Nelson NZ|
|24.||James Buchanan||397||Auckland NZ|
|25.||Colin Meredith||130||Waikato NZ|
|26.||Andrew Briggs & Andy Paterson||474||Feilding NZ|
|27.||Ian Foster||1083||Auckland NZ|
|28.||Daniel Powell||118||Christchurch NZ|
|29.||Neville Taylor/Paul Milne||664||Nelson NZ|
|30.||Allan Joy||804||Auckland NZ|
|31.||Steve McConnell||600||Auckland NZ|
|32.||Darrin Thomason & Shane Carey||444||Nelson NZ|
|33.||Martin van der Wal||829||Palmerston North NZ|
|34.||Jeff Glover||321||Wanganui NZ|
|35.||William van der Wal||8??||Levin NZ|
|36.||Clim Tristan Lammers||128||Northland NZ|
|37.||Justin Leonard & Scott Nicholls||882||Wellington NZ|
|38.||Richard Crabb||100||Auckland NZ|
|39.||Roly Dixon||NSW AUST|
|40.||Alastair Manning & Terry De Graauw||3NZ||Lower Hutt NZ|
|41.||Craig Patterson||214||Auckland NZ|
|42.||Peter May & Ricky May||C69||Palmerston North NZ|
|43.||Brian Howat||2??||Wellington NZ|
|44.||Brent Humphrey||10??||Auckland NZ|
|45.||Alan Butler||110||Auckland NZ|
|46.||Ivan Booth||5??||Palmerston North NZ|
|47.||Lucinda Maynard||205||Auckland NZ|
|48.||Chris Whyte & Andrew Thomason||140||Auckland NZ|
|49.||Neville Mather||245||Hamilton NZ|
|50.||Mike Konings||991||Whangarei NZ|
|51.||Jono Richard Climo||869||Auckland NZ|
|52.||Clive Thornton||150||Whakatane NZ|
|53.||Reece Trotter||U02||Ashburton NZ|
|54.||Gary Watson||U90||Rangiora NZ|
|55.||Warren Jeffery||Wellington NZ|
|56.||Dale Shannon||340||Tauranga NZ|
|57.||Jimmy Johnston & Mike Alexander||012||Auckland NZ|
|58.||Rex Croskery||450||Te Puke NZ|
|59.||Josh Hoyland||365||Matamata NZ|
|60.||Craig Westgate||836||Whangarei NZ|
|61.||Scott Buckley||???||Auckland NZ|
|62.||Nigel Newlands||206||Waikato NZ|
|63.||Paul Eayrs||169||Wellington NZ|
|64.||Tony White||606||Auckland NZ|
|65.||Martin Gore||111||Hamilton NZ|
|66.||Keri Louie||680||Auckland NZ|
|67.||Troy Tuffnell||376||Auckland NZ|
|68.||Klem Christensen||605||Taupo NZ|
|69.||Richard A Bachand||236 Truck||Kamloops B.C. Canada|
|70.||Clim Lammers||115||Hikurangi NZ|
|71.||Garry & Warren Hopkins||4??||New Plymouth NZ|
|72.||Tim Culling||121||Melbourne AU|
|73.||Anthony Hewitt||230||Auckland NZ|
|74.||Gregg Carrington - Hogg & Taine Carrington||tba||Auckland NZ|
|75.||Dave Crabb||357||Kerikeri NZ|
|76.||Donald Preston||800||Winton NZ|
|77.||Daniel Connor||6??||Taupo NZ|
|78.||John Gray||4??||Rotorua NZ|
|79.||Greg Mullins||303||Pukekohe NZ|
|80.||Chris Nicholls||???||Napier NZ|
|81.||Gary Scott||417||Kumeu NZ|
|82.||Paul Ruston||???||Stratford NZ|
|83.||Gary Preston||378||Stratford NZ|
|84.||Ashley Kelly||192||Nelson NZ|
|85.||David Forsyth||381||Hastings NZ|
|86.||Steven Stokes||322||Whangarei NZ|
|87.||Grant Sleeman||197||Papatoetoe NZ|
|88.||James Rolton||???||Wellington NZ|
|89.||Eric Norman Teers||R06||Waikato NZ|
|90.||Ben Thomasen||???||Tauranga NZ|
|91.||Michael Small||R88||Tauranga NZ|
|92.||Carter Strang & Grant Guy||832||Invercargill NZ|
|93.||Grant Rosenburg||469||Palmerston NZ|
|94.||Melvin Rouse||135||Hikurangi NZ|
|95.||Hall Motor Racing||861||Manukau NZ|
|96.||Steven Pacey||C09||Tauranga NZ|
|97.||Derrick Piper||3??||Matamata NZ|
|98.||Paul Hussey||???||Inglewood NZ|
|99.||Malcolm Langley||193||Whakatane NZ|
|100.||Raana Horan||899||Auckland NZ|
|101.||Mokai (mooks) Paraha||???||Auckland NZ|
|102.||Shane Earl Humberstone||RZR||Gisborne NZ|
|103.||Rocket Ron Kirkman||RZR||Whangarei NZ|
|104.||Dave Bonniface||U77||Auckland NZ|
|105.||Kenneth Mawson||575||Napier NZ|
|106.||Brendon Holland||826||Auckland NZ|
|107.||Lance Cargill||126||Warkworth NZ|
|108.||Hamish Lawlor||NZ1||Gore NZ|
|109.||Jason Delahunty||???||Mt Maunganui|
|110.||Geoff Matich||C18||Auckland NZ|
|111.||Brendon Old||333||Stratford NZ|
|112.||Jay Murray||386||Auckland NZ|
|113.||Brendon John Elmiger||???||Taupo NZ|
|114.||Nevil Basalaj||???||Nelson NZ|
|115.||Sam Baddeley||626||Taupo NZ|
|116.||Brett Granger||904||Christchurch NZ|
|117.||Andrew Scarr & Andre Douglas||277||Auckland NZ|
|118.||Maurice Bain||900||Opotiki NZ|
|119.||John van Dyk||372||Nelson NZ|
|120.||Braden Hill||346||Christchurch NZ|
|121.||Sam Murray & Rob Ryan||UTV||Canterbury NZ|
|122.||Michael John Hendy||???||Auckland NZ|
|123.||Matthew Pratt||3??||Canterbury NZ|
|124.||Devlin Hill||305||Auckland NZ|
|125.||Robin Smith||202||Auckland NZ|
|126.||Trevor Currin||908||Whangarei NZ|
|127.||Michael Mabille||???||Auckland NZ|
|128.||Leon Patchett & Colin Buckley||???||Auckland NZ|
|129.||Darin Neeley||???||Whangarei NZ|
|130.||Trevor Cooper||189||Waihi NZ|
|131.||Tony McCall||157||Auckland NZ|
|132.||Mike Graham||U||Auckland NZ|
|133.||Phillip Smart||U08||Auckland NZ|
|134.||Greg Winn||371||Nelson NZ|
|135.||Jardyne Lammers||124||Hikurangi NZ|
|136.||Andrew Hawkeswood||???||Auckland NZ|
|138||Blair Gibb Howden||RZR||Winton NZ|
|139||Brendon Midgely||301||Auckland NZ|
|140||Tony Radisich||U69||Auckland NZ|