Otago Rally launched its official start in Dunedin's Octagon at 5pm on Friday, which features intense competition across a range of classes.
This year, there will be over one hundred cars participating in the Rally, as part of the first round of the National Championship. Formed by popular Classic and Allcomers fields. The field includes guest drivers Olympian Hamish Bond and drifting champion ‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse.
About 270km of closed road will be used, with over sixteen stages mainly on fast public roads. Spectators can watch the event at certain spectator spots indicated on the Rally Map.
Image: Rally vehicles on George Street in Dunedin's Octagon - Sam Hudson, thisquality
Event spokesperson Roger Oakley says various manufacturers have represented. Adding that there's a new way to view the Rally live.
“At the top end, we have nine different manufacturers represented in the top 10 seeds, which is a big endorsement of the compatibility and popularity of the AP4 and R5 classes,” he said.
“There are 19 top-line AP4 or R5 entries, and it is going to be hugely competitive. While everyone will be chasing Hayden Paddon, any of the competitors in the top dozen could take out the event. You get some idea of this when you see former Otago Rally winner Todd Bawden seeded 11th in a brand new Fiesta R5 Evo2.”
Those who wish to watch it virtually can do so by using the Rally’s new Sportity app. The red traffic light settings under the Covid-19 protection framework allowed the organisers to explore new ways to deliver it to spectators, even if they're at home.
“Just download the Sportity app from your favourite app store, add the password ‘rallynews’ and you’ll be able to experience the Rally live from wherever you are. Our Facebook page and website will also be regularly updated with news, results and video content.”
Image: Dunedin City Council building on George Street - Sam Hudson, thisquality
Dunedin City Council and Otago Daily Times are the major partners of the event, providing ongoing support.
The Council's Premier Event funding supports the Rally.
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