Multi-time motorcycling champion Avalon Biddle has been confirmed for next month’s Otago Rally, the first time the Rangiora rider will have traded two wheels for four.
Biddle will compete in a Jeff Judd Magnum Motorsport Subaru as one of two guest drivers at the event — the other being fellow two-wheel ace Aaron Slight.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. To drive a Rally car in one of the country’s most iconic motorsport events and compete alongside an absolute legend like Aaron Slight is definitely one to tick off the bucket list,” said Biddle.
“I can’t wait to see how the racing skills I’ve developed on two wheels transfer to four. My competitive spirit certainly hopes for a seamless transition, but no doubt, it’ll be a challenge.”
Biddle brings a bevy of motorcycling experience, as a former winner of the New Zealand Supersport 600 title and a two-time FIM European Women’s Cup title winner. The 28-year-old is also a regular host on SkySpeed as part of an expanding broadcasting role with Sky Sport.
“We were looking for an opportunity to showcase our amazing sport by inviting a high profile sportsperson from another code,” added event organiser Roger Oakley.
“Avalon stood out to us not only for her achievements in motorcycle racing, but for her passion and enthusiasm to have a go. She will be a wonderful ambassador.”
The Otago Rally, held on April 16-18, signals round one of the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Biddle and Slight underline a high-profile driver line-up, which includes Hayden Paddon, Ben Hunt, Emma Gilmour, Jack Hawkeswood, and more.
Rally event organisers have confirmed that there is a contingency plan in place to run the event under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 conditions if required.