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Wed, 22 Jan 2020 - Mt Smart Stadium base to provide historic action for Rally New Zealand

Rally New Zealand will make history inside Mt Smart Stadium when it returns as part of the World Rally Championship in Auckland this September.

Today (21 January 2020) Rally New Zealand organisers confirmed that Mt Smart Stadium will act as a base for the event’s service park and rally village for the fans.

An historic Super Special Stage is also set to be created to run inside the stadium on both Friday and Saturday of the rally.

The four-day event will be based in Auckland from 3 to 6 September 2020, and has the backing of ...    more...

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 - NZ Rally competitors to get more international opportunities than ever in 2020

The opportunity to compete for both an FIA Regional and International championship and to compete as part of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) has never been more accessible for New Zealand rallying competitors.

The 2020 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) calendar sees three of the five rounds running as International events. The opening two rounds, Rally Otago and Rally Whangarei are both qualifying rounds for the FIA Pacific Cup, while the series will conclude with the FIA World Rally Championship round in Auckland.

Competitors who compete in two qualifying rounds of ...    more...

Sat, 4 Jan 2020 - NZ Rally Champs next challenge for Targa winner Haydn MacKenzie

Fresh challenges are what motivates 2019 Targa New Zealand winner Haydn Mackenzie. So this year he is adding a NZ Rally Championship programme to his Targa tarmac event schedule.

“Yes,’ he said this week. “I’ve always wanted to have a go at rallying – on gravel - and I actually bought a car (a Mitsubishi Evo 6) and sort of tucked it away thinking I’d see how I went in it once I’d got the hang of 4WD on tarmac.”

Having won both Targa events (the three-day ...    more...

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 - Sanctioning body switch for Targa events in 2020

Targa tarmac motor rally organiser, Ultimate Rally Group (URG), is in the process of completing a switch of event sanctioning, permitting and licensing authorities begun earlier this year.  

That switch will see all three 2020 Targa events running solely under permits issued by the Auckland-based Australasian AutoSport Alliance (AASA), rather than long-time incumbent, the Wellington-based MotorSport New Zealand organisation.

This year permitting and licensing functions were split at both the three-day Targa Hawke’s ...    more...

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 - Thomson announces new co-driver for 2020

Christchurch’s Dylan Thomson is pleased to announce he will work with co-driver Kieran Anstis for his 2020 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

Thomson has worked with partner Amy Hudson since making his rallying debut in 2016 but with Hudson purchasing a rally car of her own and looking to do some driving, Thomson didn’t have to look far for a replacement co-driver.

Anstis comes well credentialled as a graduate of both Motorsport New Zealand’s Elite Academy and Rally New Zealand’s co-drivers academy, while also sitting alongside ...    more...

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 - Paddon: ‘I’m not giving up’

New Zealand’s most successful rally driver Hayden Paddon has put a ‘rain-check’ on his WRC career, and is taking a fresh focus on building his own New Zealand-based team to take into international competition by 2025.

Keeping their minds open to various possibilities, Paddon and his New Zealand based team will now take a fresh approach to the future, knowing that the World Rally Championship will continue to evolve and change in coming years. Their other focus to try to secure the right deal for Paddon to compete in the 2020 running of WRC Rally ...    more...

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