Top rally drivers from all over the Asia Pacific and New Zealand head to New Zealand’s northern-most city, Whangarei, for the Brother International Rally of Whangarei starting on 30 March 2012.
The 2012 running of the Brother International Rally of Whangarei marks the sixth time the prestigious international rally has used the northern city as its base. However it’s the first time that the highly-regarded motorsport event has been the opening round of both the Asia Pacific and New Zealand Rally Championships. With championship-registered drivers gunning to get their season off to a flying start, the level of competition at the 2012 Brother International Rally of Whangarei is sure to reach a new intensity.
Rally fans can expect to see at least 20 competitors and teams from the Asia Pacific region – hailing from Australia, India, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Japan, China and Indonesia – taking on between 50 and 60 of New Zealand’s finest rally crews who will travel from all over the country to contest the two-day rally.
From the main service park and rally headquarters at Whangarei’s Quayside Town Basin, the rally route takes competitors – and fans – primarily southwest of Whangarei as far as Paparoa through spectacular scenic rural roads which traverse the Whangarei, Northland and Kaipara regions. Drivers revel in the opportunity to drive on what are widely regarded as some of the best rally stages in the world.
Fans can enjoy numerous free rally-related activities in downtown Whangarei, like the official driver autograph signing session and entertaining ceremonial start in Cameron Street Mall or check out the high speed technical expertise of the teams working in the service park alongside the Quayside Town Basin. Just a few kilometres from central Whangarei, at Pohe Island, event organisers run a very popular super special stage alongside the Lions Club family fun day on Saturday. Sunday’s rally action again takes competitors out of the city before wrapping up with the official prize-giving at the Town Basin – all are welcome.
The event showcases Whangarei, Northland and Kaipara in a unique way and receives considerable support from Whangarei District Council, Kaipara District Council, the charitable Maungaturoto Co-operative, and other community groups and residents. Organisers, Rally of New Zealand Ltd, return half the proceeds of spectator ticket sales to the Whangarei and Kaipara community groups which play an important part in helping run this exciting motorsport event.
Calendar: 2012 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship
Round 1 - 30 March to 1 April - International Rally of Whangarei
Round 2 - 28 to 29 April - Rallye de Nouvelle Calédonie
Round 3 - 26 to 27 May - Rally Queensland
Round 4 - 14 to 15 July - Malaysian Rally
Round 5 - 15 to 16 September - Rally Hokkaido
Round 6 - 3 to 4 November - China Rally
Calendar: 2012 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powered by Brother
Round 1 - 30 March to 1 April – Brother International Rally of Whangarei (NZRC / APRC)
Round 2 - 27 to 29 April - Rally Wairarapa (NZRC)
Round 3 - 25 to 27 May - Rally Otago (NZRC)
Round 4 - 21 to 24 June – Brother Rally New Zealand (NZRC / WRC and incorporating Possum Bourne Memorial Rally)
Round 5 - 25 to 26 August - Rally Gisborne (NZRC)