Spectators

Understanding the rally can be confusing at first, as many of the activities take place in different locations. We will explain how to use the Spectator Map and Itinerary.

The Spectator Maps for the Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge and City of Auckland Rally will be published here. These will show information on spectator spots. Below is some general information for Spectators.

REPCO BATTLE OF JACKS RIDGE 2020

Jacks Ridge, Whitford has been purpose-built as a World Rally Championship Power-Stage for the 2020 WRC Rally New Zealand which was subsequently cancelled in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jacks Ridge WRC Power-Stage has been built around the natural landscape of the rolling hills of Whitford, 20 minutes from downtown Auckland and utilises the undulations, ridges and valleys of the property.

It has been described as “amazing to drive” by the few drivers that have been privileged to sample the course while the view for the fans is simply mind-blowing.

The Jacks Ridge WRC Power-Stage is 6.3km of stunning gravel road, of which we have chosen the 2.2km spectacular jump-filled mid-section as the Battle of Jacks Ridge Rally Sprint stage.

No matter whether you chose to be a GA ticket holder, watch the action from Jacks VIP Bar or are a guest in the Hospitality Village, you will be close to the action and will be able to see most of the Rally Sprint Stage.

Tickets will are available now! Get them on Ticket Fairy

Onsite Parking

Jacks Ridge is a private farm property, not a motorsport venue. Therefore, parking is limited and there is restricted access. Please car-share and fill up every seat, not only will you help us manage the parking, you’ll also save money.

You will get one of the best parking spots and be close to the action if you bring a 4WD vehicle. If you don’t have a 4WD vehicle, we’re pretty sure you’ll know someone who does. We recommend you bring one.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW

Jacks Ridge is exactly that – a ridge. Even on a hot sunny day it can be cold. Dress warm and pack your boots. Jacks Ridge is a farm environment, wear sturdy footwear and dress accordingly.

Gates Open at 10:00am

Can I buy tickets at the gate? Due to demand and limited capacity for parking, at this point in time there are only pre-sale tickets available.

Can I buy a parking pass at the gate? Due to the limited amount of parking onsite, it is likely that car parking will sell out. If you don’t pre-buy a parking pass, you may need to park at the Papatoetoe Pony Club (yes there is a fee to park here) and catch a free shuttle to Jacks Ridge

Can I park roadside and walk in? No. Brookby Road and Whitford Road are narrow and have no provision for roadside parking. The viewing areas at Jacks Ridge are a significant distance from the entrance ways to the property and access is via narrow driveways. Gate security are instructed not to allow pedestrian access.

Onsite Facilities

– 2x Food Villages – Portaloo Toilets- Wash Stations- Environmental Waste Stations- St John Medical – Please remember to bring a reusable drink bottle – we will have water refill stations on site.

Please remember this is a motorsport event so leave dogs at home.

  1. No BYO Alcohol. Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge is a no-BYO alcohol event. Bag checks will be conducted on entry to the event, alcohol will be confiscated. Jacks Public Bar will be open to the public during the event for the purchase of alcohol.
  2. Drone Information. Drones will be flying at the event as part of the Live SKY TV Broadcast and may include images of the public that are recognisable. The use of private drones at the event is strictly forbidden.

CITY OF AUCKLAND RALLY 2020

Kumeu Showgrounds is the main hub of the rally, everything that happens during the competition is controlled from here. The cars return here to the Service Park during the day for repairs, refuelling and tyre changing. Fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with the teams and cars here. There will also be food available. Rally Control and the organisation office and medical are also located here.

Rural stages are the true essence of the City of Auckland Rally. Competitors run three rural stages in the morning, they come back to Kumeu Showgrounds service park for the lunch service and they then go out again to run the same three stages from the morning circuit. Each stage is run twice which is why in the Itinerary you will find, stages named for example, ‘Name of Stage 1’ and ‘Name of Stage 2’.

You can stay for both stages or go after the first run is finished and head to the Service Park at Kumeu Showgrounds for example. However do keep in mind that the stages are closed for most of the day so access is only via adjoining roads.

Some stages in the Itinerary will have Official Spectator Areas. An Official Spectator Zone has access through an alternative route to avoid crossing the competition roads that remain closed around 4 hours before the first car scheduled time.

Safety is very important on these stages, please follow the marshal’s instructions and always stay within the safe spectator areas.

The Super Special Stage is the last stage of the rally. This will be held at Jacks Ridge, Whitford in the afternoon.

All finishing crews will then attend the Awards Ceremony at Jacks Ridge.

The Itinerary – how to read it

The itinerary will be published here when confirmed. In the itinerary, you will be able check the timing schedules of each stage and note that you can attend more than one place on the same day. We highly recommend doing this to live the full experience of Rally New Zealand. We recommend arriving at least 1 hour in advance. Remember that the rally schedule is strictly on time.

If you want to go to the rural stages:

  1. Select the stage you want to attend. Look for the starting time in the Itinerary; this time indicates the starting time of the first car. You should plan to arrive two hours before.
  2. Locate on map the spectator areas and choose the best for you.
  3. Make sure you use adjoining roads to get to the spectator areas, the rally roads themselves will be closed to traffic.

In order to understand the itinerary we will give you the meaning of abbreviations and important things to consider.

TC or SS both mean Special Stage, which are the competition stages (roads are closed to public).

SSS means Super Special Stage – these have great spectating and are short stages.

Stage Closure indicates the time in which the competition roads will be closed to public access, however, we will have alternative routes to access the Spectator Areas at any time of the day. It is very important to remember that you can’t walk on the competition road 60 minutes before the stage start, or the section may be cancelled.

SP means Service Park, the place where the cars head to for maintenance throughout the rally. For the City of Auckland Rally, it is located in Kumeu Showgrounds.

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