Different racing proves popular

Offroad racing heads to Kurow for the second year this weekend, as round three of the 2019 Southern Dirt Fest gets set to hit the gas.

The event is run by the Otago Offroad Racing Club, under the umbrella of the Offroad Association of New Zealand.

The Otago leg will again be held at the Otiake Rd property of Slim and Janina Slee near Kurow, which offered drivers a different challenge from the usual riverbed and forest tracks found in other South Island rounds in Christchurch and Nelson.

Mr Slee said 46 cars were entered, up from 31 last year.

Today's short-course race for all classes will be contested around a 1.6km loop, which he said was spectator-friendly and featured "big jumps".

"Nine class-one cars are entered, so there should be some carnage there."

About 260km will be covered in tomorrow's endurance race, made up of 13 laps around a 20km loop.

Mr Slee said several North Island drivers were making the trip south, many attracted by the different style of racing.

"This is one of the very few [tracks] that's farmland with rolling hills and paddocks ... That's what they're keen on."

Racing starts at 10am on both days.

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