It’s called twilight, but it’s not the same Twilight that teen movie-goers get stupid about. The Denny’s Twilight 250 is not about vampires and werewolves, but organisers say this all-new offroad endurance race will still send adrenalin levels through the roof for drivers and spectators alike.
The race will be held this Saturday (Nov 20) and will cover 250 kilometres of high speed roads and logging tracks in the Woodhill Forest northwest of Auckland. Not only is the event longer than most such races in the sport, it is unique in being run through late afternoon and into the evening.
“This is the only chance offroad racers have to compete in dusk and darkness using high powered spotlights to see their way to the finish. It’s going to be quite a ride,” said organiser Alan Butler.
The event is being staged by the same team that organised the Denny’s Woodhill 100 in June.
“We have gone heavily into the big fast logging roads to create our 15 km race lap. Probably 80 per cent of the race distance will be on loose-surfaced but well-formed roads, the rest on logging tracks,” said Mr Butler.
As a result, racers at the front of the field are expected to hit speeds of 200 km/h or more in the faster sections.
The organisers have secured support from Denny’s New Zealand and Raana Horan’s Exhibition Hire Services.