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Far North Rally postponed; NI Rally Series maintains five rounds

Organisers of the 2023 Far North Rally have announced that the event will not go ahead due to the road damage caused by the recent weather events.

“The Organising Committee regret to advise that the Far North Rally scheduled for 27 May 2023 will not be going ahead this year.” said spokesperson Marty Roestenburg.

“Given the recent weather bombs, road damage and flooding, we felt that from a community and resident perspective, this was the best course of action for the foreseeable future.”

“This decision has been brought about by factors beyond our control, which means that we are unable to run the Event that had been planned. Whilst disappointing, we are already looking forward to running a high-quality event in October 2024 if possible”

Given the announcement and the event’s scheduled inclusion in the Winmax North Island Rally Series, organisers have revised the original calendar.

“While we completely understand that the Far North Rally is no longer happening, we are very pleased to advise that the 22 July, Hawkes Bay Rally will replace the missing round.” said spokesperson Rob Scott.

“Dependent of course on the devastation of the area and roads since Cyclone Gabriele’s impact, this will give the NIRS competitors 5 Events to contest. We are grateful to the HB Rally organisers for welcoming us to their rally, which will also count as Round 4 of the Brian Green Properties NZRC. This also gives the North Island Rally Series the benefit of a better geographical spread and a wider variety of events.

“Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those badly affected by the recent weather Events, and we hope and wish for a speedy recovery.”

2023 WinmaX North Island Rally Series:
1. 19 March, Bothwell Loop, Glen Murray – Rallysprint
2. 25 June, Taranaki Tarmac Rally – Clubmans Rally
3. 22 July, Hawkes Bay Rally – NZRC and Clubmans Rally
4. 16 Sept, Maramarua Rally – National and Clubmans Rally
5. 29 October, Waitomo Rally – Clubmans Rally

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