Taupo: New Zealand skyjumps for home event

NEW ZEALAND DRIVERS JUMP OFF SKY TOWER In the build up to A1 Team New Zealand's home race at the Taupo Motorsport Park over the weekend 23-25 January 2009, drivers Chris van der Drift and Earl Bamber threw themselves off New Zealand's tallest ...

NEW ZEALAND DRIVERS JUMP OFF SKY TOWER

In the build up to A1 Team New Zealand's home race at the Taupo Motorsport Park over the weekend 23-25 January 2009, drivers Chris van der Drift and Earl Bamber threw themselves off New Zealand's tallest building on Wednesday.

The jump was all in good humour though, the drivers taking part in an organised Skyjump, as part of the build up to the Skycity Supercar Show.

Both Earl Bamber and Chris van der Drift, driver for Round Four of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport made the 192 metre jump, complete with their A1 Team New Zealand race-suits.

Later in the evening, the covers were taken off New Zealand's new Black Beauty to a group of media and VIP's, before doors opened to the public from Thursday 15 January.

The Skycity Supercar Show brings together more than $15 Million worth of high performance and luxury vehicles, including a McLaren F1 LM Roadcar, an Aston Martin DBS and an Enzo Ferrari.

As show guests make their way through the show, their final steps take them to the A1 Team New Zealand area, with a chance to get up close and personal with Black Beauty.

For those wanting to know even more about what makes Black Beauty tick, 'Tech Specs with Flex' runs daily from 2.30pm to 3.15pm at the show. Flex, aka John Moury is the team's Data Engineer, and during this time he will team with one of New Zealand's drivers to run through some intriguing insight into the technology at the heart of Black Beauty.

The show runs until Tuesday 20 January, and is open from 11am to 7pm on weekdays, and 10am to 6pm on the weekend, with tickets available directly from Skycity. Straight after the show, Black Beauty will be whisked to Taupo, in preparation for the start of the 2009 leg of Season Four of A1GP racing.

Tickets are still available for Round Four of the A1GP at the Taupo Motorsport Park, and can be purchased from www.A1GPTAUPO.com.

Chris van der Drift, Driver

"I'm a real adrenaline junkie, so the jump off the Skytower was really fun and a great way to get the excitement up before Taupo."

-credit: new zealand

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Series A1GP
Drivers Chris van der Drift , Earl Bamber