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Entries roll in for Rally of the North

Entries roll in for Rally of the North

With entries having been open for little more than a week, competitors are chomping at the bit to secure their spot within the field for Tanoa Paihia Hotel Rally of the North.

The event, based out of the tourist town of Paihia, will run on August 17 and with almost a month left to register, competitors are entering thick and fast to compete on what are widely regarded as some of the best gravel roads for rallying in the country.

An organisers incentive whereby the first nine fully completed entries would receive a $100 refund on their entry was taken up within a matter of days after entries opened late last month.

For event spokesman Simon Bell, it is of little surprise that 19 competitors have already entered the event, which covers close to 180km of gravel special stages both north and south of the events Paihia base.

“This event has always been a favourite amongst competitors,” says Bell, is also a long-time competitor in the event. “There are so many attractive features about this event like the fantastic roads and the large amount of special stage mileage that are on offer that makes it one that competitors keep coming back to.”

Also contributing to the large number of entries is the fact that the event qualifies as round four of the Rally Xtreme series and the third round of the Top Half Rally Series, leaving the organising committee expecting a field of more than 60 cars to tackle the eight special stages.

The Tanoa Paihia Hotel Rally of the North returns to some of the best gravel roads in the country on August 17, running two months earlier than its traditional October date. As well as Tanoa Paihia Hotel, the event receives support from stage sponsors, with LJ Hooker Manurewa, MRT Construction and Suspension Direct already confirming their support.


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