Off-road ob­sta­cles await

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

He is usu­ally in the pack of driv­ers vy­ing for cham­pi­onship glory but now Chris To­ma­lin finds him­self on the other side – as an event or­gan­iser.

The 26 year old is part of the South Waikato 4WD Club and is or­gan­is­ing the Hau­raki Amped National 4x4 Trial.

The rally, which will be held on Novem­ber 20 in Stokes Rd, Maun­gatau­tari, will fea­ture be­tween 70 and 80 com­pet­ing ve­hi­cles.

The com­pe­ti­tion has proven suc­cess­ful in the past.

‘‘It is go­ing to be a suc­cess­ful rally. . . it is a very chal­leng­ing site,’’ he said.

‘‘I have com­peted in the D Class for about five to six sea­sons; I have come ev­ery­where from well down to sec­ond or third.’’

Chris’s ve­hi­cle, which is su­per mod­i­fied, is one of the more com­pet­i­tive ve­hi­cles.

Or­gan­is­ing the one-day rally is far dif­fer­ent from com­pet­ing, Chris said.

‘‘ There is a lot of work in or­gan­is­ing. Com­pet­ing there are a few bits of work to be done to raise stan­dards. But or­gan­is­ing a rally is months of work and it is all vol­un­tary,’’ he said.

The rally will in­clude sev­eral classes in­clud­ing stan­dard pro­duc­tion mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles to su­per mod­i­fied.

The Hau­raki Amped National 4x4 Trial is 9am to 4pm.

CHANG­ING GEARS: Chris To­ma­lin is or­gan­is­ing the Hau­raki Amped National 4x4 Trial.

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