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Statement from MotorSport New Zealand

A photographer has died following an incident at the Royce Watson Memorial Hanmer Rally on Saturday 1 September.

The photographer was struck by a car competing in the rally, the car having travelled a considerable distance off the rally route. The competitors in the car were uninjured following the incident, and the New Zealand Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

MotorSport New Zealand President Wayne Christie says: “Our thoughts are with the photographer’s family and friends, all those involved in the Hanmer Rally and our motorsport community as a whole who are understandably affected by this tragedy.

“As with any incident of this nature, MotorSport New Zealand will undertake a full investigation into the incident, a process which starts with an accident report from Autosport Car Club officials, as the rally organisers,” says Christie.

The Hanmer Rally is a one-day club rally run on forestry roads around Hanmer Springs.

Media information, please contact:

Brian Budd, CEO, MotorSport New Zealand

M: 0276 769 546

T: 04 815 8015

E: brian@motorsport.org.nz




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