Rally drivers ready to rip up the roads
The International Rally of Whangarei will give the region's metal roads a good workout once again this year.
Starting from the Cameron St Mall on May 17, cars and crews from around the Asia Pacific region embark on a journey of 727km over roads in the Whangarei and Kaipara districts.
Competition begins early Saturday morning with the cars leaving the Town Basin from 8am. The route takes in roads in the Waipu Caves, Brooks and Parahi area before returning to Whangarei for the Pohe Island super special stage and the first service break for the day.
Repeating the route in the afternoon for a total of eight special stages, the cars will then be secured in an overnight park before a further eight stages on the Sunday.
Leaving Whangarei just before 7am, the day covers Waipu Gorge, Batley and the new Arcadia/Cassidy road combination around Maungaturoto.
The finishers return to the Quayside Town Basin for a ceremonial finish at 3.15pm and awards.
The rally include teams competing in the six round New Zealand Rally Championship plus club and regional competitors in the Top Half rally series.
Visit rallywhangarei.co.nz for more information.