Weekend Wheels

Bay events:

August 27: Driver Experience 2016

Hosted by Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club Bay of Plenty at Taupo Motorsport Park. The non-competitive event is designed to appeal to everyone wanting or needing track time, from newcomers to experienced racers. Seize this opportunity to see how you and your car perform in a safe and low cost event as is possible. Details: www.arocnz.org.nz

August 27: Matahi Rd Tarmac Hillclimb

This event is Round 1 of the Motorsport Bay of Plenty’s Hillclimb Championship at a new venue, sporting 3.8km of county tarmac at Manawahe near Rotoma, which should prove to be a challenge.

There will be practice and three timed runs. Fastest run wins, by class and overall.
Roll caged cars only, it will be interesting to see who gets an advantage on the first day of the Hillclimb Challenge. Details: www.mbop.org.nz

August 28: Manawahe Gravel Hillclimb

This event is Round 2 of the Motorsport Bay of Plenty’s Hillclimb Championship and is based in the grounds of the Rotoma School.

The iconic Rotorua hillclimb will test the skill of any driver who attempts it with a 3.7km road that twists and turns and deceives you as well as covering you in dust.
Details: www.mbop.org.nz

Beyond the Bay

August 14: Hampton Downs Dual Sprints

For Motorsport Bay of Plenty Members, this is Round 2 of the MBOP Track Championship, but the event is open to all clubs from the top half and central regions with number capped at 84 entries.

Venue is Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Te Kauwhata. Details: www.mbop.org.nz

August 20: Goldrush Rally of Coromandel in Whitianga

The 2016 New Zealand Rally Championship returns to Whitianga with rally cars, crews, service teams, spectators and volunteers all in action. Round five of 2016’s NZRC will see more than 60 cars race.

Spectators can come and view the cars and crews up close as they come in for servicing at the Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park, the rally HQ.

Rally teams depart from Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park on Saturday, August 20, for special rally stages on public and forestry roads. Details: www.rallynz.org.nz

If you have a vehicle or motorsport listing, please email details to merle@thesun.co.nz
at least two weeks prior to the event.


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