NZ1000 re­turns

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The most chal­leng­ing en­durance race in the south­ern hemi­sphere – an event that chal­lenges driv­ers to com­plete the equiv­a­lent of a Bathurst en­duro with­out once driv­ing on tar­mac – is on again.

With a new or­gan­is­ing team, the NZ1000 is on the move to an all-new course near Ati­a­muri on the cen­tral vol­canic plateau south of Toko­roa.

The NZ1000 race week­end has been set down for Septem­ber 8-10 this year.

Rac­ers must com­plete 11 laps each day of a fast 46 km course in Ati­a­muri For­est, 28km south of Toko­roa and 34km north­west of Taupo.

The race runs ev­ery sec­ond year and reg­u­larly at­tracts grids of 80 or more ve­hi­cles with en­tries com­ing from all parts of New Zealand and of­ten from over­seas. Tau­ranga’s Ben Thomasen won the most re­cent ‘ 1000’ in 2015 in a Po­laris RZR 1000.

The race al­ways brings out four wheel drive ‘ truck’ class en­tries in huge num­bers – in some cases al­most half the en­try is com­prised of trucks.

Cir­cuit owner Tony Quinn com­pet­ing in the NZ1000 in 2015.

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