The draw to win a weekend in Taupo to see the ENZED Taupo 1000 is now closed.
ENZED has confirmed its status as the main sponsor for the race in September, which will be known as the ENZED Taupo 1000. Taupo 1000 spokesperson Tony Saelman says for the race, the agreement is a major step forward and an endorsement of the quality of the event itself.
“We’re really pleased that such a high profile company as ENZED, with such a long and proud history of involvement in motorsport, has become our main sponsor and event partner. This adds so much to the months of hard work we do as race organisers and volunteers to make this iconic race happen,” he said.
It is the first time ENZED has become involved in offroad racing at such a high level.
With four months until the race cars and trucks grid up to race, the event’s ‘intent to enter’ page has topped a record 120 teams, including racers from North America and Australia. Run over three days in September, the Taupo 1000 is the longest, toughest, fastest offroad race in the southern hemisphere, completing 1000 km over two days – or the equivalent of a Bathurst 1000 track race without once running on sealed roads. Free practice and qualifying laps are to be held over a short course on Friday 13 September, with the race itself taking place on the Saturday and Sunday and competitors aiming to complete up to 500 km per day.
The international standing of the Taupo 1000 grows year by year. With race teams planning their Taupo 1000 assault up to two years before the event, the event always draws record numbers of media and is covered for television in New Zealand on TV3 and Australia.
Each year the online profile of the race grows, with its Facebook page attracting tens of thousands of views per day and a race-weekend ‘reach’ approaching 400,000. Racers post onboard and other footage on Youtube and link back to their own team social media channels and to the event page.
“Every time this race happens it takes huge steps beyond what has gone before. One of the great things this year is the new track. We have been able to bring the race much closer to Taupo, and the new start-finish and pit area is on wide, open rolling farmland which means spectators get to see plenty of race action from the one location,” said Mr Saelman.
Event information is available online at the race website www.taupo1000.co.nz
and on its Facebook page,www.facebook.com/2013 taupo1000