Goldrush Rally of Coromandel Cancelled
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Goldrush Rally of Coromandel Cancelled

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The latest COVID-19 outbreak has forced the cancellation of next month’s Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally Coromandel.


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The country will remain in Level 4 lockdown until Friday at the earliest, while Auckland is set to stay under the highest Alert Level until Tuesday next week. Dayle ITM Rally Coromandel was set to take place on Saturday September 4 – just four days later.
 
Organisers have agreed that running the event at that time was just not possible while trying to push the date back to another suitable weekend has proven challenging.

We are gutted to be calling off this year’s Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally Coromandel. There has been so much work go into organising it and to get so close to the event and essentially have the plug pulled on us by COVID is extremely frustrating. We love coming to Whitianga and rallying on these amazing gravel roads on the Coromandel Peninsula and we look forward to returning here in the future. 

Steve Foster – Event Chairman
 
The rally organisers would like to thank their sponsors for their understanding as well as the Thames-Coromandel District Council, the army of volunteers and everyone that had contributed to staging this event. Organisers would also like to express our sympathy to the competitors, who have made travel plans that will now need to be changed.
 
MotorSport New Zealand, who oversees the NZRC, supported the decision to cancel the event.

While no-one wants to see events cancelled there really is no other alternative. The whole country is being impacted by COVID and we need to react as best we can to make the best out of a bad situation. 

Elton Goonan –  MotorSport New Zealand chief executive
 
Finding an appropriate alternative date for the Coromandel event has not proven to be possible.
 
The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is working hard to try and find a suitable replacement event to run as the fifth and final round of the 2021 championship. An announcement about that will be made in due course.

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