Round 3 of the 2016 NZ Rally Championship, the 2016 Lone Star Canterbury Rally on the 5th of June comprises of 168km of special stages in the Ashley and Okuku Forests with 278km of touring.
The rally changes to a one day event with no night stages. This was done to reduce costs and allow for more racing kilometers and more special stages which everybody loves.
Saturday night the rally cars will be on display from 4:30 – 6:30pm at Lone Star, Manchester St. Grab a poster and get it signed at the Driver Signing Session at 5.00pm before the NZRC Top 5 Start Order Selection.
Sunday morning the first rally cars start from Joe’s Garage, Rangiora at 7:40am on Sunday morning and finishes 5:30pm at Lone Star, Manchester St, Christchurch.
Rally Spectator Maps are available now at:
- Palmside on Hoon Hay Rd.
- B Select on Birmingham Drive.
- Import Parts on St Asaph Street.
- Autolights and Quality Tyres in Byron St.
- Magnum Compliance in Talfourd Pl.
- Agnew Bros in Montreal St.
- Appco in Battersea St.
- Repco in Hornby, Burnside, Sydenham, Fitzgerald and Marshlands. Repco in Rangiora.
- Autotech in Rangiora.
So get your gumboots on, grab a beanie and jacket and come out to watch some great rock throwing, fast and sideways entertainment!
Live Results will be on www.chrissport.kiwi
Live GPS Tracking will be on rallysafe.com.au
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SS 1 & 5 This stage has a wee bit of everything in it. Fast up hill at the start using the downhill road of the famous Ashley Rally Sprint road then into tight downhill section, using parts of last year’s stage one and finishing with roads that haven’t been rallied on for many years.
SS 2 & 6 This stage starts on a good uphill climb then opens up to be fast and flowing before tightening up in the middle. It uses part of stage two from last year then some more roads that haven’t been rallied on for many years, and then puts you back up onto Mt Grey road for a short time with an exciting blast downhill on Makerikeri to the finish.
SS 3 & 7 This piece of road hasn’t been used for a few years in a rally; good fast flowing uphill section to start with, then opens up to run along the top section towards Mt Karetu. This is the smallest stage of the event but a great wee sprint stage.
SS 4 & 8 This stage is the same as it was run in last year’s event. It’s a real challenging stage with a bit of everything including two fords. The stage finishes with a really fast flowing piece of road that you all should enjoy.
SS 9 Once again like last year, this is the Super Special Stage using almost all of the famous Mt Grey road as used in the last stage of the rally over the last few years. This year there is a wee twist you as will leave Mt Grey road for a couple of kms half way down and pop back up onto Mt Grey for a great downwards blast finishing down the decent of the Rally Sprint Road. This is a brilliant stage! If you don’t like these roads rallying may not be the sport for you.
Okuku & Ashley Forests, the location of the 2016 Lone Star Canterbury Rally.