New motorsport team for 2016 NZ Silver Fern Rally

After five successful events and over 10 years of organisation, the team at Silver Fern Rally Management Ltd is pleased to announce, that looking forward to 2016 and beyond, NZ’s premium marathon motorsport “Silver Fern Rally” events, will be organised and promoted by a new company, Silver Fern Rally Promotions Ltd, which is part of Peter Martin’s Ultimate Rally Group.

The Auckland based group led by Peter has, since 2008, been the owner and driving force behind the successful premium motorsport tarmac based “Targa NZ” Rally events (“The Ultimate Road Race”).

Retiring chairman, Hamilton’s Gary Smith explained that the directors and shareholders felt that the time had come for an enthusiastic younger resourced organisational team, to continue the marathon rallying adventure that is the NZ Silver Fern Rally.

Smith said “Peter came to us with a proposal to continue the idea that we had started, and build on it. So we sat down and considered where we had got to, and how much work it had been. The changeover decision does not come lightly, but as most of us are amateur volunteers, all of who are getting older, in the end it really was a no-brainer, and we wish Peter every success.”

Smith added that “Peter co-drove in a team in 2012, was impressed and said then he did not want to see the event disappear. He already has the full time administration team and infrastructure in place needed for the event to grow, and that was something we struggled to have. The directors, shareholders and volunteer organising teams have done the event proud, bringing it from just an idea in 2005, up to an internationally recognised event, an event that our European and Australian competitors look forward to every second year. We hope everyone will continue to support this great event and help Peter and his team grow it.”

Peter and the new Silver Fern Rally team are already working towards the 2016 event with their proposed event details to be released in the coming weeks.

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