When the world Rally Championship returns to Auckland in May, SkyCity will be the home base
Last time SkyCity hosted the Rally New Zealand was in 2004.
“It’s exciting to be bringing the rally back to Auckland, particularly central Auckland and SkyCity,” says Rally New Zealand chairman Chris Carr. “The focus within the World Rally Championship is very much on bringing the rally to the people and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and SkyCity one of the most popular, easily-accessible venues from which you can run an event of this size.”
Rally New Zealand takes place from 6 to 9 May and offers local fans the chance to enjoy the world’s best rally action between established stars like six-time world rally champion Citroën driver Sebastién Loeb, close-rival Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen and Petter Solberg, returning with a Citroën.
“Add in the exciting new Super 2000 World Rally Championship, Production World Rally Championship contenders like local star Hayden Paddon, and the New Zealand Rally Championship contestants, and rally fans have some fantastic motorsport action to enjoy this autumn,” adds Carr.
SkyCity Auckland provides the venue for rally fans to see their WRC heroes, starting with the driver autograph signing session on Sunday 2 May from 2 to 4pm. This will be followed by a driver skill demonstration outside SkyCity on Federal Street. Parc Ferme, the secure overnight park for all rally cars, will also be contained in one of SkyCity’s car-parks, offering another opportunity for fans to check out the cars close-up.
In 2010, Rally New Zealand’s route takes in Whangarei and Kaipara on Friday as well as a super special stage in the Auckland Domain on Friday night. Saturday’s stages take competitors to Franklin and North Waikato before Sunday’s final stages around Raglan when the iconic, scenic Whaanga Coast stage will feature once again. Rally New Zealand 2010 concludes with an official finishing ceremony at Queens Wharf.