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2017 International Rally of Whangarei

05 May 2017


Raincoats and gumboots were the dress code for most of the International Rally of Whangarei which again attracted thousands of motorsport fans to the northland capital.

A warm and dry Friday evening promised a good start to the 3 day event. After an autograph session and the Opening Ceremony on The Bridge, spectators had the chance to get up close with drivers and cars at the HELLA Pohe Island Super Stage in front of the HELLA hospitality tent. More than 70 HELLA customers enjoyed a delicious dinner while watching the action from the front row.

But drivers and spectators were in for a harsh awakening the next morning with heavy downpours turning the gravel road into mud pits. With only 27 of 61 cars making it to the finish line it was clear experience and skill were necessary to master the slippery roads. But neither rain nor cold could put a damper on the enthusiasm of the motorsport fans that still made their way up to the HELLA Prime Spectator Point in Tapuhi to watch the cars spectacularly sliding round the HELLA corner.

In the end it was Gaurav Gill from India with Co-driver Stephane Prevot who claimed the winners podium at Sundays Finishing Ceremony after 3 exciting days of racing.


 Refer to www.rallywhangarei.co.nz for further details.


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