Rally Bay of Plenty

17th Oct All Day /
Whakatane and Surrounds


2021_Rally_Bay_of_Plenty_Sup_Regs_Part_1.pdf uploaded 31/08/2021



Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty 2021

Bay of Plenty roads are set to deliver the final round action for the New Zealand Rally Championship in mid-October as a result of a Covid lockdown-enforced reshuffle of the motorsport calendar.

Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty on October 17 has picked up final round status in the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship following the cancellation of the finale that had been scheduled for Coromandel on September 4.

Four rounds have already been contested in 2020 and although Hayden Paddon holds an unassailable to clinch his fifth national title, most of the class championships and podium honours still remain in the balance.

"Rather than leave the season open-ended after four rallies, Motorsport BOP Inc. has worked with the championship organisers to make sure five rounds will take place, if possible,’’ said rally chairman David Loughlin. 

After a break of several years, Rally Bay of Plenty returned to the calendar in late-2020 with a route-based from Whakatane.

"It was always our goal to run the event again this year and then consider becoming part of the national championship from 2022,’’ said Loughlin.

"But with last year’s championship being cancelled we didn’t want to see the 2021 season shortened as well. So, the club is keen to help by stepping-in to host the final round.’’

While the rally will bring many of the big stars and fastest cars of the sport to the Bay of Plenty, the organisers are keen to appeal to new and grass roots competitors.

"The rally will now have a higher status and a larger field as a national championship event, but we will continue to keep our traditional focus on encouraging novice competitors,’’ said David Loughlin.

"There is a discounted entry fee and separate class awards for drivers who have competed in fewer than three rallies.’’

The one-day rally on Sunday October 17 will start and finish in Whakatane with crews competing over gravel special stages on closed roads in the Matata, Pukehina and Rotoehu regions.

Motorsport NZ protocols will allow the event to run at Level 2 Covid restrictions. However, some related activities such as a pre-event Rally Show promotion planned in downtown Whakatane and a prize-giving function will only go ahead if Level 1 restrictions are in place at the time.

More information:  David Loughlin, Rally Chairman, 021 917-866