A strong contingent of Tauranga competitors will be taking part in New Zealand's first arena international rallycross event this weekend.

Ten Western Bay of Plenty racers have registered for the Tengtools NZ International rallycross event, which will be held at Baypark's ASB Stadium in Tauranga on February 27 and 28.

The event will be based on the global rallycross fixtures so popular in Europe and the United States, whereby spectators enjoy the action from the comfort of arena seats.

The ten include Sloan Cox, who will be competing in two divisions, and NZ Polaris Champion Ben Thomasen (although he is licensed through a Waikato club.) About 60 competitors are expected, competing in three divisions which are: rallycross, off-road, and Polaris (off-road racer).


Promoter Ron Dixon says the quality of competitors is "incredible".

The event will be held on Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and on Sunday from noon until 7pm.

There will be other forms of live entertainment on offer, including pit walks, the opportunity to meet the drivers, plus a DJ stage including special appearances from some of the legend drivers of the past.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventfinda www.nzrallycross.co.nz