The New Zealand Rally Championship is this country’s premier nationwide rally championship and, as such, attracts New Zealand’s best drivers to compete in numerous categories for the prestigious MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned rally championship titles.

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  • Long standing volunteers recognised for massive contribution

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    A number of long-serving Rally New Zealand volunteers were recognised at function in Auckland last week. Service pins were handed out to 16 different people who have each had a massive contribution to the sport over the last 40 years. Richard Gamble, Chris Grant, John Holland, Brian Littlewood, Stu Macaskill, Willard Martin, Murray O'Donnell and
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  • Paddon won’t return to defend title in 2019

    Hayden Paddon won Raglan Rally of the Coast. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Hayden Paddon won Raglan Rally of the Coast. Photo / Geoff Ridder World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon won’t be returning to defend his Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in 2019. The 31-year-old factory Hyundai driver secured his fourth national championship in Coromandel but was officially presented it after last weekend’s Hyundai
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  • News & Gossip from the NZRC Service Park

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    From the Service Park… Hyundai NZ Raglan Rally of the Coast, Round 6 of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Co-driver Survivor The TAB has opted to run a book on Hayden Paddon's next co-driver after the 11th hour swap to Malcom Read in Raglan. The next instalment of Co-driver Survivor should
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  • Paddon wins in Raglan as champions are found

    John Silcock in action during Rally Whangarei. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Hayden Paddon made it a perfect five from five by winning Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast on Saturday but Grant Blackberry and John Silcock wrapped up their respective Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship titles. The World Rally Championship star secured his fifth win from five starts in the national
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  • Champions to be crowned in Raglan

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    The Gull Rally Challenge championship will be up for grabs in the Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast on Saturday while a host of drivers are hoping to secure second and third place finishes overall. World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon secured the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at the
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  • Greg Murphy to step away from rallying

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    Greg Murphy has confirmed this weekend’s Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast will be the last in his Holden Barina AP4 car. The four-time Bathurst champion will take an indefinite break from rallying after this weekend as he focuses on his television commitments with Supercars and Sky Sport. While he’s loved his time
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  • Quinny goes for NZRC Quintet

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    Nathan Quinn will drive Ben Hunt's older model Subaru. Australian national rally champion Nathan Quinn will make his fifth start in the 2018 NZ Rally Championship this weekend at Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast in a bid to finish the series in an overall podium position. Quinn, and his regular New Zealand
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  • Focus on three overall winners in 2019 season

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    The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship will place a greater emphasis on overall 4WD,  2WD and Gull Rally Challenge categories in 2019. A recent competitor survey highlighted a desire to simplify the process of determining rally winners while still giving all competitors a chance to succeed in their own fields against similar
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  • Three R5s to run at Raglan

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    A total of three R5 cars will take part in next week’s Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast - the first time more than one has competed at a domestic round. Raana Horan debuted his Skoda Fabia R5 at the previous round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship on
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  • Allport to take the wheel of his R5 Fiesta

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    Three-time national champion Neil Allport will finally get behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta R5 as the veteran driver tackles the Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast next week. Allport has owned the car for over year and it has competed in three rounds of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand
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  • NZRC investigating new media options for 2019

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    The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is evaluating new ways to promote the sport through media with some change expected for the 2019 season. The recent competitors’ poll highlighted a need to constantly review how the championship is broadcast and how news is distributed while constantly evolving media trends continue to impact
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  • Otago Rally recognised as most popular event

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    The Otago Rally is the most popular event on the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The traditional season opener was identified by 46% of competitors recently polled in the sport’s survey that looked into all aspects of the championship. The results of the poll overwhelming declared the Dunedin-based event as the most
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  • Van Klink’s Mazda, Turner’s Audi the pick of the field

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    Marcus van Klink’s Mazda RX8 is the best sounding car while Dylan Turner’s Audi is the best looking car in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. That is according to the more than 80 drivers, co-drivers and team officials that took part in the NZRC’s recent competitor survey. A whopping 32% of
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  • Six the right number of events for NZRC

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    The majority of competitors think the six-round Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is structured right. A whopping 78% of drivers, co-drivers and team officials that took part in the recent NZRC competitor survey thought six was the right number of events for the championship. Just 11% thought a total of five events
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  • Hunt tipped as best while Blackberry, Galbraith most under-rated drivers

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    Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship runner-up Ben Hunt has been voted as the best driver in the championship outside of WRC star Hayden Paddon. Hunt received 61% support among the 80-plus drivers, co-drivers and team officials that took part in the championship’s recent survey. The 2015 national champion has enjoyed a strong
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  • 2019 NZRC draft calendar released

    Ben Hunt in action in his Subaru. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Ben Hunt in action in his Subaru. Photo / Geoff Ridder 2019 NZRC draft calendar released Six rounds, an international-focused double-header to open the season and a Hamilton Car Club-run rally are the features of a proposed 2019 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship calendar. The proposed 2019 NZRC events were released today
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  • New car and class for Matt Adams

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    Matt Adams in action at Rally Coromandel. Photo / Geoff Ridder Matt Adams has dominated the Stadium Finance Group A Challenge over the past three years but will change classes for the next Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Adams secured his third-straight championship in Group A at Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of
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  • Horan happy with first R5 hit-out

    Raana Horan drives his Skoda Fabia R5 at Coromandel. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Raana Horan drives his Skoda Fabia R5 at Coromandel. Photo / Geoff Ridder Raana Horan gave his new Skoda Fabia R5 the thumbs up after its Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship debut at Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel on Saturday. Horan finished eighth overall and just over three minutes behind rally
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  • From the Service Park… Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel

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    The NZRC team were out and about during and after Hyundai New Zealand Goldrush Rally of Coromandel. It appears there was nearly as much action taking place during the after party than there was during the eight high-speed special stages. This is what our hard-working team found out from their investigations. Manufacturers battle crazy tight
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  • More 2018 champions crowned

    Eugene Creugnet in action at Rally Coromandel. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Eugene Creugnet in action at Rally Coromandel. Photo / Geoff Ridder Hayden Paddon might have wrapped up the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship yesterday but he wasn’t the only one celebrating securing a national title. Paddon won the Hyundai New Zealand Goldrush Rally of Coromandel to claim his fourth NZRC title and
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  • Paddon secures NZRC title at Coromandel

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    Hayden Paddon won Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel. Photo / Geoff Ridder New Zealand’s WRC star Hayden Paddon won the Hyundai New Zealand Goldrush Rally of Coromandel on Saturday to claim his fourth Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Paddon and stand-in co-driver Mal Peden had to work hard to overcome a
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  • Ten different manufacturers in top 10 seeds at Coromandel

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    A total of 10 different manufacturers make up the top 10 seeds at this weekend’s Hyundai New Zealand Goldrush Rally of Coromandel in what is considered a world first. Highlighting the strength of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship a total of 14 different manufacturers will take part in the one-day event
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  • Paddon closes in on fourth NZRC title

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    Hayden Paddon in action at Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder WRC star Hayden Paddon could secure the 2018 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at this weekend’s fifth round based out of Whitianga on the Coromandel. Paddon will start Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel with a 33-point lead in the
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  • Happy Hunt despite championship bad luck

    Ben Hunt in action during Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Ben Hunt in action during Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder You have to love Ben Hunt’s approach to rallying. The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship winner has driven superbly this year but goes into this weekend’s Hyundai New Zealand Goldrush Rally of Coromandel with a big points’ gap to
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  • Fire and Ice look for Turner in NZRC return

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    Dylan Turner shows off the new livery on his Audi. Photo / Supplied Having missed the last couple of South Island events Dylan Turner returns to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship this weekend with a new look to boot. Turner will display a brand new “fire and ice” livery on his
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  • Graves holds narrow lead in fierce co-driver battle

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    Andrew Graves leads the co-drivers' championship. Photo / Geoff Ridder Andrew Graves won the Catlins Coast Rally over the weekend but will now turn his attention to the fierce battle as the top co-driver in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Graves, who has co-driven for current championship runner-up Josh Martson, holds
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  • Gilmour relishing the tight stuff in battle for second

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    Emma Gilmour competes during Rally Otago. Photo / Geoff Ridder Suzuki driver Emma Gilmour is looking forward to the tight and twisty Coromandel roads as she fights to try and take second place in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Gilmour is lying sixth in the standings heading into next weekend’s fifth
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  • What is Gull Force Pro fuel?

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    Marcus van Klink and Dave Neill won the Gull prize at Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Most of the competitors in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship use the Gull Force Pro fuel but what is Gull Force Pro and what goes into making it? Gull Force Pro is a
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  • Summerfield finally getting to a sweet spot with new car

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    Matt and Nicole Summerfield in action at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Last year’s Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship runner-up Matt Summerfield has shown glimpses of title-winning talent this season but has battled adjusting to a new generation car. Summerfield and co-driving sister Nicole made the move from
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  • Gardner uses rally experience to help improve tourist driving

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    Rhys Gardner in action during Rally Otago. Photo / Geoff Ridder Rhys Gardner’s background in motorsport has helped drive a new project that will help make it easier for international drivers adapt to driving on New Zealand roads. The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship regular has been working on some simulation software
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  • Leon Styles provides unique sponsorship to NZRC

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    Leon Styles competing at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driver and team owner Leon Styles has announced a sponsorship that will bring light on a serious problem in New Zealand – suicide. Styles will support volunteers in the championship at the final two
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  • Reeves back for Coromandel three-peat

    Australians Brendan Reeves and Ben Searcy took a comfortable victory at the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromnadel. Photo: Geoff Ridder
    Australian stars Brendan Reeves and Nathan Quinn will both contest Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel next month. Reeves will be gunning for his third straight win at the one-day Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship event based out of the seaside town of Whitianga and will once again pilot the Force Motorsport
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  • Alexander recovering from massive crash

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    Daniel Alexander is still recovering from his scary crash at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury but he can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Alexander and co-driver Chris Gracie went off the road and barrel-rolled at 160km per hour into a tree, destroying their Subaru Impreza before being taken to Timaru Hospital.
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  • From the Service Park… mid-winter special

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    It might be a big gap in between Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury and Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel but our news hounds have been busy. Check out what they've uncovered while frost is on the ground and a chill is in the air. A third R5 on the way? Fresh on the heels
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  • Hyundai New Zealand announced as naming rights sponsor for Coromandel and Raglan Rallies

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    Hyundai New Zealand has helped power Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon’s career in the World Rally Championship and now they are going to support the entire sport back home. Hyundai New Zealand will partner with the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship by featuring as naming rights sponsor at the final two rounds of
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  • Rally New Zealand announces Co-driver Academy participants for 2018

    Mal Peden, a 2017 graduate, won International Rally of Whangarei alongside Hayden Paddon. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Mal Peden, a 2017 graduate, won International Rally of Whangarei alongside Hayden Paddon. Photo / Geoff Ridder Rally New Zealand is proud to announce the six participants of the 2018 Rally New Zealand Co-driver Academy which takes place on August 3-5. This year is the second time Rally New Zealand has run the academy for
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  • Three rallies, three cars and three top finishes for Quinn

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    Nathan Quinn's brief foray into New Zealand national championship rallying has shown why he's the current Australian champ and one of the fastest drivers in the business. Quinn, who has entered only three events, is unlikely to contest the remaining rounds despite lying in third place on adjusted points. But the real story is in
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  • Featherstone takes a break to consider options

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    Graham Featherstone is considering his rallying options. Photo / Geoff Ridder Graham Featherstone is taking an indefinite break from rallying as he ponders where to take his career. The popular Featherstone has been a notable absentee from the past two Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship events and is considering his next move
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  • Stokes nearly gave it away before South Canterbury success

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    Robbie and Amy Stokes celebrate on the Rally South Canterbury podium. Photo / Geoff Ridder Robbie and Amy Stokes finished second in the 2WD front wheel drive category at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury and that was a major win for the pair. Just getting to the finish line was a big achievement given the
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  • Time for a tarmac rally?

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    David Holder supports a tarmac rally joining the NZRC calendar. Photo / Geoff Ridder Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship winner David Holder has called for a tarmac rally to be added to the championship in the coming years. Holder, the 2016 national champion, is competing in the Junior World Rally Championship this
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  • Paddon – my dominance is a combination of things

    Hayden Paddon and John Kennard on the way to victory at South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Hayden Paddon and John Kennard on the way to victory at South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Hayden Paddon has been streets ahead of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship field so far this season. The 31-year-old has won all three events he has entered and has dropped just one stage throughout
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  • Molly Taylor keen to compete in NZRC

    Australian Molly Taylor and Kiwi co-driver Malcolm Read at Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Australian Molly Taylor and Kiwi co-driver Malcolm Read at Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Australian rally star Molly Taylor is hoping her visit as a spectator to Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury will lead to a competitive drive in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The 2016 Australian Rally champion
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  • Podium finish to be Galbraith’s swansong

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    Darren Galbraith and Rocky Hudson in action at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Darren Galbraith collected a superb third-place finish at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury in what could be his last event in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The popular Timaru-based police officer damaged his car
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  • From the Service Park… Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury

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    Richie Dalton's crew work on his Ford Fiesta Proto. Photo / Geoff Ridder Our reporters were out in force over the weekend picking up all the tasty tidbits of information and snooping around the service to get the latest rumours from the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Massive shunt for Alexander Daniel
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  • Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury a big success

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    Ben Hunt crosses a ford in his Subaru. Photo / Geoff Ridder Rally commentator/writer Dale Budge was in Timaru over the weekend to cover the Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury and expresses his thoughts on the event. The Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury run on Saturday was a tremendous success and put forward a strong
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  • Paddon tames ice and speed for Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury win

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    Hayden Paddon stormed to his third win of the season. Photo / Geoff Ridder South Canterbury local Hayden Paddon continued his dominance of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship by claiming a victory at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury by over four minutes. WRC star Paddon, who grew up in nearby Geraldine
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  • One of the strongest fields ever for Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury

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    Defending champion Andrew Hawkeswood returns this weekend. Photo / Geoff Ridder Arguably the strongest ever field for a non-international New Zealand rally will contest the Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury on Saturday. Serving as a round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship for just the third time and first since 1984,
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  • Battered body, championship not on Paddon’s mind

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    Hayden Paddon returns to roads he grew up on this week. Photo / Geoff Ridder WRC star Hayden Paddon returns home for the Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury this weekend and could go a long way to wrapping up a third Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship if things go his way. Paddon
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  • Dalton fighting fit for Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury

    Richie Dalton returns from injury to compete in South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Richie Dalton returns from injury to compete in South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder Australian-based Irishman Richie Dalton will make his return to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship this weekend at the Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury. Dalton and co-driver Dale Moscatt suffered injuries in a heavy crash at Rally Whangarei
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  • Silcock on top of fierce 2WD classic battle

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    John Silcock in action during Rally Whangarei. Photo / Geoff Ridder A fierce battle in the 2WD Classic class will continue this weekend at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury with John Silcock leading Regan Ross by 14 points. Ross and co-driver Samantha Gray had control of the championship heading into round three of the Brian
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  • Quinn secures car for Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury

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    Defending Australian champion Nathan Quinn will take his place at this weekend’s Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury. Quinn, who sits fifth on the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship standings, will drive the ex-David Holder/Hayden Paddon/Brian Stokes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 having secured a deal at the 11th hour. It will be the
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  • Step up for Thomson and Hudson in 2019

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    Dylan Thomson and Amy Hudson will campaign a Subaru in 2019. Photo / BlackBird NZ Rising Kiwi rally star Dylan Thomson announced yesterday that he would be making the move to the top class in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship come 2019. The Christchurch-based youngster and co-driver Amy Hudson will compete
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  • Van Klink still aiming for Rally Australia

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    Marcus van Klink is hoping to contest this year’s Rally Australia but is waiting to hear whether plans to take his Mazda RX8 across the ditch will come to fruition. The Gull Rally Challenge class 5B championship leader has been in discussions to make the trek across to the World Rally Championship event in Coffs
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  • Class change for Daniel Alexander

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    Auckland driver Daniel Alexander has confirmed he will move to the Stadium Finance Group A class for next week’s Rally of South Canterbury and will spend the rest of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driving a Subaru. Alexander has been left frustrated at an engine issue in his Toyota Starlet and
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  • Allport: Watch out for Raana Horan – he is the real deal

    Neil Allport is convinced Raana Horan is future rallying star. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Raana Horan has been the find of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship so far this season and he has received the backing of one of the most astute rallying minds in the country. Three-time national champion Neil Allport is not one to hand out praise lightly but he is convinced Horan
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  • South Canterbury set to stage an epic event

    Emma Gilmour will look to bounce back at Rally South Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    A bumper field has been confirmed for the Rally of South Canterbury – the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Rally of South Canterbury is the only new event on the six-round calendar this year and is already proving to be one of the most exciting events in recent
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  • Reeves part of Force Motorsport’s three-car attack on Rally South Canterbury

    Australians Brendan Reeves and Ben Searcy took a comfortable victory at the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromnadel. Photo: Geoff Ridder
    Brendan Reeves will make his long-awaited return to competition later this month when he contests Rally South Canterbury, round 4 of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Reeves, and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino, will be part of a three-car attack from Force Motorsport, alongside team owner Andrew Hawkeswood and his son, Jack, and
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  • Hawkeswood returns to power three-car Mazda effort at South Canterbury

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    Reigning Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally champion Andrew Hawkeswood will make his return to the championship at Rally South Canterbury and will be joined by son Jack and Aussie star Brendan Reeves in a three-car Mazda team. Hawkeswood missed the opening three rounds of this year’s championship due to work commitments but has
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  • Allport confirms entry to Rally of South Canterbury

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    Neil Allport will be at Rally of South Canterbury in his Ford Escort. Photo / Geoff Ridder Three-time Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship winner Neil Allport will contest the Rally of South Canterbury in a fortnight. Allport, who won the NZRC in 1986, 89 and 92, will line-up in his Ford Escort
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  • Special moment for the Hudson family

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    Proving once again how rallying is a family sport three different Hudson co-drivers stood on the podium at Lone Star Rally Canterbury on Sunday. Amy Hudson took her third successive Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship win in the class two 2WD category alongside Dylan Thomson but she was joined on the same
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  • Quinn hasn’t given up on getting to South Canterbury

    Nathan Quinn finished an impressive second at Lone Star Rally Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Australian rally champion Nathan Quinn hasn’t totally given up on making it to the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in South Canterbury but admits it will be a long shot. Quinn has impressed in his two outings in the NZRC this year – finishing third at ENEOS International
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  • From the Service Park… Lone Star Rally Canterbury

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    International star for South Canterbury An international championship-winning driver will be at Rally South Canterbury later this month. There are no guarantees the driver will get behind the wheel and compete in the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship but they aren’t here on holiday either so the possibility
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  • Marston grabs stunning win at drama-filled Lone Star Rally Canterbury

    Josh Marston and Andrew Graves on the way to their maiden NZRC win. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Local driver Josh Marston has produced a stunning final stage performance in treacherous conditions to win Lone Star Rally Canterbury and claim his maiden Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship victory. Marston and co-driver Andrew Graves handed the Holden Barina its first win as well after overcoming a spin earlier in the day
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  • Galbraith warns of Canterbury bite a year on from failure

    Darren Galbraith suffered heart-break at Canterbury last year. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Darren Galbraith led Lone Star Rally Canterbury midway through the event this time last year only for his engine to over-heat and the opportunity to win a round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship go begging. His issues started in Otago where he blew an engine and raced time to get
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  • Fierce battle expected at Lone Star Rally Canterbury

    Matt and Nicole Summerfield will be fired up for a big event at home. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    The absence of world rally star Hayden Paddon has opened the way for the chasing pack to mount a serious challenge to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at this weekend’s third round – the Lone Star Rally of Canterbury. Paddon has dominated the first two rallies of 2018 and holds an
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  • Holden Barina pair aim to take next step

    Josh Marston is seeking a podium at Rally Canterbury. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Local Canterbury star Josh Marston is hoping to turn his promising speed in 2018 into a podium finish at this weekend’s Lone Star Rally Canterbury. The Holden Barina driver has put together two solid performances in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship so far and has his eyes on a spot on
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  • Horan ponders major NZRC assault

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    Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship boom rookie Raana Horan is seriously considering a full-out assault on the championship in 2019. A relative newcomer to the sport, Horan has vast experience in off-road racing but has turned heads and caught the eye of some astute judges in his brief NZRC career thus far.
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  • Summerfield making progress ahead of home rally

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    Last season’s Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship runner-up Matt Summerfield is hoping what was essentially an open test session in Whangarei will help him at this weekend’s Lone Star Rally Canterbury. Summerfield fell out of contention early at Whangarei earlier this month and spent the majority of the rally working his way
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  • Debut for Campbell’s Ford Fiesta AP4

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    Phil Campbell’s two-year dream for a Ford AP4 car was finally realised over the weekend as he drove the first competitive miles in his new car at the Pirongia West Rally Sprint. Campbell piloted the new car to second place in a drama-free day of racing. “It was good,” the former Brian Green Property Group
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  • Gosling and Read to run Escort at Canterbury

    Tony Gosling and Blair Read in action at Whangarei. Photo / Geoff Ridder
    Tony Gosling and Blair Read won the class 3 open 2WD category at International Rally of Whangarei a fortnight ago in the Ford Escort and will run that car at next month’s Lone Star Rally Canterbury. The pair began the season in the Group A category this year with a beautiful liveried Subaru Legacy. But
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  • Quinn aiming to be at Lone Star Rally Canterbury

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    Aussie Nathan Quinn is hoping to be at Lone Star Rally Canterbury next month – the third event of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The current Australian rally champion drove the Neil Allport Motorsport-prepared Ford Fiesta R5 in Whangarei last week and is keen to line-up in the forest-based event if
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  • Ross not going 4WD… just yet?

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    Regan Ross and Samantha Gray took out the Dunlop Drive of the Rally at the ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei over the weekend with a spectacular performance that caught a lot of attention. For the second event running in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship Ross and Gray turned in a near
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  • Suzuki driver Amy Keighley | Hella Moment of the Rally

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    Suzuki driver Amy Keighley was given the Hella Moment of the Rally at ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei for a small crash on Saturday that she managed to overcome. The youngster went off the road during the first pass through the Helena Bay stage on Saturday and reconfigured the look of her Suzuki Swift before
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  • Paddon top as Hunt wins battle for second

    Ben Hunt produced a superb drive to finish second to WRC star Hayden Paddon in Whangarei. Photo: Geoff Ridder
    WRC star Hayden Paddon won the ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei on Sunday but Subaru driver Ben Hunt topped the fierce battle between the rest of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Paddon won every stage of the event in his Hyundai i20 AP4+ to take his second successive victory by over
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  • Paddon leaves rivals in his dust

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    Hayden Paddon overcame the fog and dust to open up a lead in Whangarei. Photo: Geoff Ridder WRC star Hayden Paddon has complete control of ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei taking a lead of over four minutes at the end of leg one. Paddon, who had a dominant victory in the opening round of the
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  • Quinn launches Kiwi assault on NZRC

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    From left, Richie Dalton, Nathan Quinn and Hayden Paddon. [img Geoff Ridder] Australian champion Nathan Quinn heads to this weekend’s ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei hoping to turn a one-off start into a full assault on the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Quinn, who won the Australian Rally Championship last year, began
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  • New co-driver for Paddon in Whangarei

    Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship leader Hayden Paddon will have a new co-driver at this weekend’s ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei. Regular co-driver John Kennard helped Paddon to a convincing win at the Otago Rally last month but has since undergone surgery on a lingering hip problem. “John is not getting any
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  • Aussie champ Nathan Quinn to make NZRC debut

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    2017 Australian Rally Champion, Nathan Quinn, will make his debut in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at the ENEOS International Rally Whangarei, to be held from 4-6 May. The popular Australian rally personality from Coffs Harbour will drive a Ford Fiesta R5, prepared and run by Auckland based Neil Allport Motorsport at
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  • Thomson eyes the future as well as the present

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    Dylan Thomson is chasing the 2WD championship. Photo / Geoff Ridder Rising Kiwi rally star Dylan Thomson has two immediate goals in 2018 – repeat his championship-winning performances of last season but also look to secure a step up to the top echelon in 2019 as well. The 23-year-old from Waiuku won the class two
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  • Stunning debut sets up Horan’s season

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    Championship rookie Raana Horan turned heads with a stunning drive at last weekend’s Otago Rally swaying him to think about a fulltime crack at the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Horan, who has a background driving off-road cars, produced a sublime performance on the fast Otago roads to finish sixth overall in
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  • From the Service Park….Rally Otago

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    From the Service Park Each Monday after a round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship we will bring you all of the latest news out of the service park. Here are the latest tidbits from the Otago Rally.   Paddon searching for co-driver Otago Rally winner Hayden Paddon is on the
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  • Gilmour gutted over ill-timed puncture

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      Emma Gilmour was left distraught after a podium result slipped through her fingers at the Otago Rally over the weekend. The local Dunedin driver was on track to finish third in the opening event of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship only to get a puncture during the final test of
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  • Paddon takes dominant Rally Otago win

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    Hayden Paddon cruised to victory at Rally Otago. Photo / Geoff Ridder   Hayden Paddon stormed to a convincing win at Rally Otago in the first round of the Brian Green Property New Zealand Rally Championship on Sunday. The Hyundai WRC star, alongside co-driver John Kennard, eased to a 8:27.7s win to start his five-round
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  • Paddon in control after day one

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    Hayden Paddon dominated day one at Rally Otago. Photo / Geoff Ridder World rally driver Hayden Paddon takes a commanding lead into day two of the Otago Rally after a dominant opening day of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The factory Hyundai star and co-driver John Kennard hold a lead of
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  • New car boosts Summerfield’s attack on championship

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    After finishing runner-up in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship last year driving an old model Subaru Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield has made the off-season move to a new generation car. Summerfield, and co-driving sister Nicole, will pilot a Mitsubishi Mirage this season in the six-round championship starting with the season-opening Otago Rally
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  • Big field chasing the NZRC title for 2018

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    With the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship now just one week away, we thought we’d check out each of the classes before the crews hit the gravel in Otago. While last year the Open four-wheel drive class saw a multitude of contenders for victory, the 2018 season sees
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  • Paddon’s Rally, Hawkeswood’s title

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    New Zealand’s World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon has taken victory in Rally New Zealand after two days of hard fought competition, taking an eventual winning margin of 7 minutes 28.7 seconds. He and co-driver John Kennard were dominant across the weekend, taking victory on each of the 12 special stages. With Paddon making only
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  • Paddon leads after opening day as Bligh claims Gull Rally Challenge

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    New Zealand’s World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon leads Rally New Zealand after the opening day that has seen multiple teams suffer major tyre issues. Wellington’s Adam Bligh has taken victory in the one-day Gull Rally Challenge class to see him claim the overall title for the year. Bligh and co-driver Ric Chalmers set a
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  • One driver will take the ultimate reward in New Zealand rallying!

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    The 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally championship was touted as one of the most competitive in memory when the season got underway with Rally Otago back in April and seven months later, heading to the final round at Rally New Zealand this weekend, that has proven to be true. The last few
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  • Thrilling NZRC finale expected at Rally New Zealand

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    Two of the biggest trophies will be on the line at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally New Zealand, which runs from November 24-26 based from Tauranga. The Rally New Zealand trophy is amongst the most prestigious in New Zealand Motorsport, with the previous winners list reading
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  • Victory for Hunt at Waitomo lines up three-way title fight!

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    The race for the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by Dunlop and fuelled by Gull has taken another twist, with Ben Hunt’s victory at the Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally Waitomo moving him right into contention for the title at the series finale in six weeks time. Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn
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  • Capacity field to tackle Waitomo Rally

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    A capacity 81 car field marks the return of national championship rallying to the Waikato and next weekend’s Handy Rentals Hamilton Rally of Waitomo. Covering 207 kilometres over six special stages in the King Country and Waitomo districts the event is the fifth and penultimate round of the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand
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  • Reeves triumphs at chaotic Coromandel rally

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    Australian Brendan Reeves has taken victory at the latest round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel. Reeves and co-driver Ben Searcy powered their Mazda 2 AP4 car to victory by 1 minute 15.3 seconds.   Reeves set the pace
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  • Trans-Tasman battle heads record NZRC field at Coromandel

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    A record field off 56 teams will assemble for round four of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel. Based from the Coromandel holiday town of Whitianga, crews will tackle seven special stages and 140 kilometres of competitive action over one leg
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  • New challenge awaits at Rally Waitomo

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    A new challenge awaits competitors at Rally Waitomo, the penultimate round of the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship on Saturday 14th October. The event marks the return of the NZRC to the roads of the King Country and Waitomo districts for the first time in over a decade, providing a fresh
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  • Summerfield wins in treacherous Canterbury Rally

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    Rangiora brother and sister duo Matt and Nicole Summerfield have taken their second consecutive round win. In the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop after mastering the difficult conditions at the Lone Star Rally Canterbury. The Summerfield pair driving a Subaru, led home Ben Hunt and
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  • Featherstone leads Championship into the forests

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    Championship points leader Graham Featherstone will lead the field into the iconic Ashley Forest this weekend. The Te Aroha Mitsubishi driver leads the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and Driven by Dunlop as teams head to the third round of the series, the Lone Star Rally of Canterbury. With winter conditions including
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  • Summerfield victorious in Whangarei

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    Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield has fired himself back into championship contention with a strong victory at round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop, the International Rally of Whangarei. Summerfield and co-driving sister Nicole (Subaru Impreza) led home Dylan Turner/Malcolm Read (Audi S1 AP4) by
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  • Summerfield takes leg one advantage amongst Whangarei carnage

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    Rangiora brother and sister duo Matt and Nicole Summerfield (Subaru Impreza) have come out on top of an action packed opening leg of the International Rally of Whangarei, round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship powered by Gull and driven by Dunlop. The pair survived horrific weather conditions that played
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  • Holder takes advantage to Whangarei

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    Defending Champion David Holder will start the International Rally of Whangarei, round 2 of the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop, with an 8 point margin over his nearest rival Andrew Hawkeswood. Holder who was victorious at the opening round of the championship in Dunedin
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  • Holder victorious at NZRC opener.

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    Tauranga’s David Holder and co-driver Jason Farmer have taken victory at the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and driven by Dunlop. The pair powered their Hyundai AP4+ home ahead of Andrew Hawkeswood/Jeff Cress, with Rhys Gardner/Ally McKay home in third, both driving Mazda AP4+ cars.
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  • Defending champion leads NZRC opener

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    Defending champions David Holder and Jason Farmer have started where they left off in the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship fuelled by Gull and Driven by Dunlop. The pair powered their Hyundai AP4+ to a lead of 16.7 seconds over Rhys Gardner and Ally Mackay’s Mazda, with Andrew Hawkeswood and Jeff
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  • Meet the Toyota Yaris AP4

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    The NZRC team caught up with Carl Davies and asked the hard questions… to find out a bit more about the new Toyota Yaris AP4. Sadly no photos yet, as the car will be launched soon, but here is a quick run down from the team. Last year you campaigned the ex-Ben Hunt WRX, so
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  • Six round battle for 2017 NZ Rally Championship

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    An exciting six round calendar has been announced for the 2017 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Otago, Whangarei, Canterbury, Coromandel, a new addition of the Waitomo Rally and the return of Rally New Zealand as the season Grand Finale, form the six rounds of the 2017 championship. The 2017 calendar includes an
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  • Reeves takes victory at NZRC finale

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    Australian driver Brendan Reeves has taken a dominant victory at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, leading the field home by more than a minute. Reeves and co-driving sister Rhianon Gelsomino won the opening stage and never looked back in their Mazda 2,
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  • New Champ Holder heads Coromandel Rally field

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    Newly crowned National Rally Championship David Holder heads a seventy four car strong field for the fifth and final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship this weekend. Based from the holiday town of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel will feature 10 special stages and 120
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  • 5min with Donald Welsh

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    Some of you will know Donald, some will have seen him and wondered whats with the hat, but everyone will know the smile and enthusiasm that he brings to the sport as a volunteer. We sat down with Donald and got some insights into what he does on, and off events. A lot of us
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  • Reeves joins Force Motorsport for NZRC finale

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    Top Australian rally driver Brendan Reeves will join an expanded Force Motorsport line up for the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, on August 20. Reeves will line up in the team’s older Mazda 2 campaigned across the past three seasons by Andrew Hawkeswood,
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  • 5min With Historic’s Champ – Dave Neill

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    So… another year and another championship for the dynamic duo of Marcus and Dave. We thought, we’ve all heard about Klinky, so why not get another side and hear from the guy that controls the car, the dude with the notes… step up MR DAVE NEILL. First up lets get a little personal… what does
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  • 5min with the CHAMP

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    After Canterbury, and the little excursion into the Christmas Trees, was there any extra pressure for the team coming into Gisborne? I’d be lying if I denied it… so yes there was pressure there. Ultimately we needed to score a good result at Gisborne to keep the championship hopes alive, so I was feeling a
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  • Gisborne win nets championship for Holder

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    An action packed 2016 Rally Gisborne has seen Mount Maunganui’s David Holder and Jason Farmer not only take an event victory, but with it also secure the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship title with a round remaining. Holder and Farmer came into the event with a six point lead over Dunedin’s Emma
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  • NZRC Title fight heats up at Gisborne

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    One of the most closely fought editions of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship heads to a crucial penultimate round at Rally Gisborne. Currently Mount Maunganui’s David Holder leads Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour by just six points, but with only two rounds remaining a total of 26 drivers have a mathematical chance of
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  • Emma wins challenging Canterbury Rally

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    Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour has taken her first round win in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship after an action packed Joe’s Garage/Lonestar Rally Canterbury. Gilmour and co-driver Anthony McLoughlin drove their Suzuki Swift to a victory of 1 minute 15 seconds over Andrew Hawkeswood and Jeff Cress in their Mazda two, with
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  • Murphy and Holden announce a two AP4 car rally program for 2017

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    Former V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy and experienced rally champion Josh Marston have teamed up to announce a Holden backed two AP4 (NZ spec) car rally program that will contest the 2017 New Zealand Rally Championship. Two Holden Barinas’ will be prepared over the rest of the year in time to start in the new
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  • Championship battle heats up in Canterbury Forests

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    The temperature forecast in the Canterbury Forests might be cold but the pace will be hot this coming weekend as round three of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship sees the series return to the South Island for the Joe’s Garage/Lone Star Rally Canterbury. Contested over nine special stages and 171 kilometres of
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  • 5 Minutes With Ben Hunt

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    Ben Hunt came in to the 2016 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship not only as defending champion, but also with a brand new 2016 Subaru WRX STi at his disposal. However things turned pear shaped at Rally Whangarei when he suffered the biggest crash of his career, which saw Ben break three
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  • 5 Minutes With Richard Baddock

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    One of the most impressive drives to date in the 2016 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship has come from Christchurch young gun Richard Baddock, who currently sits third in the standings. As well as building his own cars as well as for others, Richard also largely self-funds his NZRC campaign, but took
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  • 5 minutes with Klinky

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    Marcus van Klink has made a dream start to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship for 2016, not only topping the Historic category standings but moving the Group B Mazda RX-7 into fifth outright, and with Hayden Paddon not contesting the last three rounds, will have fourth choice of road order at
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  • Holder claims maiden victory at Rally Whangarei

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    Mount Maunganui’s David Holder has taken his maiden round win in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at a chaotic second round, the International Rally of Whangarei. Holder and co-driver Jason Farmer took their Stadium Finance Mitsubishi to a victory of 1 minute 29.6 seconds over Emma Gilmour and Anthony McLoughlin’s Vantage
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  • Holder takes out drama filled opening day at Whangarei

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    Mount Maunganui’s David Holder has taken the overnight lead in round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the International Rally of Whangarei, after one of the most action packed legs in recent memory. Holder and co-driver Jason Farmer (Stadium Finance Mitsubishi) hold a lead of just over a minute over
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  • WRC Star Paddon returns home for Whangarei rally

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    Kiwi World Rally Championship pairing Hayden Paddon and John Kennard will head to the second round of the 2016 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship direct from their maiden WRC round victory at Rally Argentina. The Kiwi duo who outpaced French World Champion Sebastien Ogier to take the first WRC round victory by
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  • Paddon takes record breaking win at season opener

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    Hayden Paddon has continued his domination at the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powering to an eventual winning margin of 9 minutes 22.1 seconds, a new record. While Paddon was in a class of his own in his brand new Hyundai i20, the battle for the remaining podium
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  • Paddon leads exciting NZRC opener

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    Hayden Paddon has opened a commanding lead on the opening day of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powering his Hyundai i20 to a lead of more than four minutes over his protege, David Holder. Starting first on the road, Paddon steered clear of hanging dust to take a full minute out
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  • Rally Championship moves up a gear for start of 2016 series

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    One of the most eagerly anticipated editions of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship gets underway this weekend with the southernmost round of the series, The DriveSouth Rally Otago. New cars including seven different manufacturers along with New Zealand’s best rally stars will herald the start of the 2016 Championship. Headlining the
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  • Gilmour looking for positive start to 2016

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    Emma Gilmour means to start the six-round 2016 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship the way she ended last year’s season – by winning stages. New Zealand’s top female rally driver will be running her compact but convincingly fast 1600cc Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift Maxi again, which was reaching its true
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  • Hyundai New Zealand enters local rally sport with Paddon

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    Hayden Paddon is joining up with Hyundai New Zealand to launch the first-ever New Zealand-developed Hyundai rally car and create a new partnership to benefit the New Zealand rally sport scene. Paddon is New Zealand’s most successful rally driver who currently competes in the World Rally Championship with long-time co-driver John Kennard as part of
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  • Five minutes with Klinky

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    As well as being a three time winner of the NZRC Classic class, Marcus van Klink is one of the real characters of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Needless to say, when we caught up with him he had a few stories to tell, although we’re still not sure why he
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  • Five minutes with Lee Robson

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    This year see’s the “Return of the Robson” back to rallying. A past Xtreme class winner and a recently married man [CONGRAT’S MR & MRS ROBSON]. It’s great to have Lee & Glen in NZrC5 this year, so let’s spend 5min, and find out a little about them. This is always the big question, how
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  • Five minutes with Amy Hudson

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    Next Up… Amy Hudson. We think it is exciting to have Amy in the championship this year. It is the second generation of the family “Rockstar” to be part of the NZRC and the one question that remains unanswered, what will her nickname will be? So take it away Amy… Obviously you had to start
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  • Five minutes with Glenn Inkster

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    For the last two and a half seasons, Glenn Inkster has made a name for himself as New Zealand’s Rallying Expert as part of the TV Team covering the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. We thought we’d catch up with Inky and find out what is happening for him in 2016.  
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  • Five minutes with Carl Davies

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    Next up on our 5min of fame roster is Carl Davies… a local Thames Valley Car Club member and NZRC rookie. Carl was a real rockstar in the Xtreme series and then took a year out to play in little boats [why?]. Now he’s back, he’s in a blue car and stepping up to NZRC1.
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  • Five minutes with Graham Featherstone

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      Graham Featherstone has been a steady improver since he first joined the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship three seasons ago. Rookie and Challenge Champion in 2013 and a consistent top five runner in 14 & 15, ‘Feathers’ is back for another crack in 2016. We caught up with the Te Aroha farmer
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  • Five minutes with Crunch Bennett

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    Raymond “Crunch” Bennett is a well known personality in NZ Rallying. 2016 marks Crunch’s 35th season competing in the sport as a co-driver and over that period he has won the national title (alongside Geoff Argyle in 1998) along with guiding a number of young chargers as they learned the art of top level rallying.
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  • Dunlop drives New Zealand Rallying

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    Dunlop New Zealand have thrown their support behind New Zealand Rallying today announcing a partnership to be the official tyre partner of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Along with being a supporting sponsor of the NZ Rally Championship (NZRC), Dunlop will provide technical and on-event support to competitors running their tyres at each
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  • Subaru offers Hunt a WRX STI NR4 for 2016

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    Subaru of New Zealand has offered 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) winner Ben Hunt the ultimate reward for his victory – the use of a brand-new Subaru WRX STi NR4. Subaru of New Zealand is truly invigorated about continuing its support of talented Kiwi rally drivers. Five-time national rally champion Richard Mason, one of
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  • Podium for Gilmour at Wairarapa

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    Emma Gilmour’s season came together in a rewarding way today, when she finished third in the Trusthouse Racetech Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa and recorded a string of fast stage times. Over the eight stages in the Manawatu and Wairarapa districts, Emma’s Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift was in the top three on six occasions, which
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  • Summerfield claims maiden NZRC round win

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    Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield has finished his 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship campaign in perfect fashion with his first NZRC round win at the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa to also claim third for the overall championship. Summerfield and co-driving sister Nicole made a bold decision to run first on the road which
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  • Hunt the champion and maiden victory for Summerfield

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    Auckland based Ben Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn have claimed their first national rally championship title after a conservative drive in one of the most closely fought rounds of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in recent memory, which saw Rangiora brother and sister Matt and Nicole Summerfield take the round victory.
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  • Gull Rally Challenge goes down to the wire

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    One of the biggest battles at this weekend’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa will be that for the Gull Rally Challenge title, with as many as seven drivers still in contention for the title. Over the course of the five rounds in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship to date, three drivers have
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  • First pics: Team Ralliart NZ’s Mirage Evolution

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    Team Ralliart NZ have completed the build of their new NZRC Challenger and it’s stunning. The Mirage Evolution will make its competition debut at this weekends Rally Wairarapa in the hands of former National Champion Chris West and we can’t wait to see this car in action on the stages.
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  • Championship showdown at Wairarapa finale

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    The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is set for its final showdown at the Trusthouse Racetech Daybreaker Rally Wairarapa this weekend.  The sixth and final round of the National Rally championship will take place over 156 kilometres of gravel roads in the Manawatu and Wairarapa districts with a battle for the
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  • Feature: Back to the future at series finale

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    While the battle for the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in 2015 has seen the sport’s rising stars battling for top honours, the final round, Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, will have a distinct retro feel as several top drivers from the 2004 season will once again do battle on the gravel.  
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  • Gilmour offered Middle Eastern cross country rally opportunity

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    Dunedin rally driver Emma Gilmour has been offered an exciting opportunity to attend a desert racing training camp in Qatar. In November, she will be exchanging New Zealand’s gravel roads for Qatar’s sandy dunes after being chosen today out of 85 applicants from 39 countries, to participate in the joint FIA Women in Motorsport and
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  • Team Ralliart’s new challenger – The Mirage Evolution

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    Team Ralliart New Zealand have been busy working on a new challenger for the NZRC special stages. Bill Morton provides a preview of the teams new Mitsubishi Mirage Evolution.
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  • Hunt strengthens championship hold with third successive win

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    Nelson Subaru driver Ben Hunt has strengthened his chances of a first national rally title after taking his third successive round win at the Mahindra Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel. Hunt lead from start to finish over the nine special stages and 132 kilometres of competition on the twisting roads of the Coromandel Peninsula to
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  • Campbell looks for Coromandel repeat

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    Tauranga’s Phil Campbell is looking for a repeat result when the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship returns to Whitianga this weekend for the Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, which last year saw Campbell takes his first NZRC round win. Campbell heads to Coromandel full of confidence, having taken his second consecutive victory on
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  • Championship battle heads to Peninsula roads

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    The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is reaching a pivotal point as teams head to the penultimate round of the series this weekend at the Mahindra Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel. Championship leader Ben Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn hold a 42 point lead over their closest challenger Phil Campbell and
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  • Season best field heads to Coromandel

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    Next weekend’s penultimate round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel, is set to see the biggest NZRC field assembled in more than 10 years with 36 championship cars due to cross the start ramp on August 22. Last year, the Whitianga-based event proved to be one of
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  • Kelsey and Mad Creation return for home event

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    Having missed the last two rounds of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Alex Kelsey has confirmed he will return for his home round of the series, Mahindra Goldrush Rally Coromandel. Having spent literally thousands of hours on the construction of his home built Mad Creation 2, Kelsey decided to take a
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  • Rally Beginners Backed by Monit

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    New Zealand based rally tripmeter manufacturer, Monit Rally Computers, are backing the local rallying community by offering prizes for new competitors in rally racing events throughout the country. Aiming to further promote participation in the sport, Monit are providing prizes for the top novice drivers and also for the top novice co-drivers at the upcoming
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  • Heartbreak for Campbell at Gisborne

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    Tauranga’s Phil Campbell has come away from the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Fuchs Rally Gisborne, gutted but looking at the positives after a problem half way through the opening stage saw his rally over before it had begun. Campbell headed to the event sitting second in the
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  • Hawkeswood back on the podium at Gisborne

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    Andrew Hawkeswood has returned to the podium with third place at the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Fuchs Rally Gisborne, over the weekend. A string of niggling problems over the past season and a half have seen Hawkeswood frustrated and a spin in the opening stage saw him
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  • Hunt masters the Motu

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    Nelson Subaru driver Ben Hunt mastered the challenging Eastern Bay of Plenty stages including the infamous Motu Road to take victory in the FUCHS Rally Gisborne, the fourth round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn lead the event from start to finish with a commanding
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  • News between the rallies…

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    The 2015 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship resumes battle this weekend at round four the FUCH’s Rally Gisborne. To catchup on all the latest news in the NZRC carry on reading below….. One of the largest NZRC fields for several years will converge on Gisborne this weekend, the attraction of the infamous Motu
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  • 2016 Championship to rally New Zealand’s best roads

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    The 2016 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship will travel the length and breadth of the country to the best rally roads on offer with the announcement of a provisional six round calendar. The NZRC will visit Whangarei, Otago, Canterbury, Gisborne, Coromandel and the new addition of Paihia, as rounds of the 2016
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  • Big field set for championship battle at Rally Gisborne

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    The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is set for a titanic battle at round four FUCH’s Rally Gisborne, with one of the strongest championship line ups in recent years to take the start line at round four in Gisborne on Saturday 27th June. Championship leader Ben Hunt heads the 53 car
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  • Greg Murphy finds rallying contagious

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    The Lone Star Canterbury Rally threw up its challenges for Kiwi motor racing legend Greg Murphy, but he found the whole experience ‘quite contagious’. Murphy made his rallying debut in the third round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, held in the Okuku and Ashley Forests north of Christchurch over the weekend. Driving in the
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  • Hunt extends championship lead at dramatic Rally Canterbury

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    Auckland’s Ben Hunt has extended his lead in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship with a maximum haul of points at the third round, Lone Star Rally Canterbury. Hunt and co-driver Tony Rawstorn guided their a commanding lead in the opening two special stages held on Saturday night, allowing him to maintain
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  • NZRC to heat up Canterbury Forests

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    Images: Geoff Ridder Photography The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship roars back into action this weekend with round three of the series, the Lone Star Rally Canterbury, set to heat up the Ashley and Okuku forests. The man picked to set the pace is current NZRC leader Ben Hunt. Hunt and co-driver
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  • Murphy to make rally debut in Canterbury

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    Kiwi motor racing legend Greg Murphy will make his rally debut at the 2015 Lone Star Canterbury Rally over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Having made a race career on tarmac, Murphy has always had a hankering to try his hand at rallying on gravel and will compete in the Historic Class. “It’s something I’ve wanted to
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  • Top result for Van Klink at Otago

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      Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink has recorded a fantastic runner up in the Otago Classic Rally, which also doubled as round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, over the weekend. A star studded line up saw van Klink and co-driver Dave Neill facing opposition from current World Rally Championship star
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  • Dream result at Otago for Campbell

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      Tauranga rally driver Phil Campbell has recorded a dream result at the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Drivesouth Otago Rally, coming home second overall and claiming top points in the four-wheel drive category. Campbell and co-driver Venita Fabbro headed to the southern-most championship round third in
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  • Paddon takes stunning victory at Otago

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      New Zealand World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon has taken a stunning victory in the Otago Rally, round two of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Paddon and co-driver John Kennard showed the class that has taken them to the World Rally Championship by winning the event outright in an
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  • Campbell leads after dramatic opening day at Otago Rally

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      Tauranga’s Phil Campbell holds a narrow lead after a dramatic opening day of the Drivesouth Otago Rally, the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Campbell and co-driver Venita Fabbro’s Mitsubishi Evo 9 sit 16.4 seconds ahead of Kiwi World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon/John Kennard BDA, with Lance
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  • Van Klink ready for the big one

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    Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink feels prepared for the this weekend’s Otago Classic Rally, which also doubles as the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The Otago event is the star classic rallying event in New Zealand, regularly attracting overseas stars to take on the best in the country. 2012
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  • Big names head south for Rally Championship challenge

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    A star studded entry heads to the rolling hills and forest tracks of the Drivesouth Rally of Otago next weekend for the second round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Headlining the entry are round one winner American Rally Superstar Ken Block, current championship leader Ben Hunt, and New Zealands
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  • News between the rounds

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    With only a 3 week gap between the opening two rounds of the 2015 NZRC, its been a busy period for teams. Catch a recap of the latest news below (Photos courtesy Geoff Ridder): Casualties from Whangarei: Three crews are set to miss the second round of the championship following issues at the opening round.
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  • The Motu is back – Worlds most challenging stage returns

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    The Motu Road gorge, widely regarded in World Rallying as the toughest most challenging piece of road is making a comeback. The Motu will be the feature of Rally Gisborne to be held on 27th June, round four of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The Gisborne event, run by Rally
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  • Top start to season for Van Klink

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      Marcus van Klink has made the perfect start to his Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship with a dominant victory on the opening round, Rally Whangarei. Defending his historic championship in the Chesters Plumbing Mazda RX-7, van Klink faced strong opposition from former New Zealand Rally Champion Brian Stokes but stamped his
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  • Major setback for Holder at Whangarei

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      Mount Maunganui Rally driver David Holder has suffered a major setback in his 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship campaign, after a heavy crash ended an impressive run at the opening round, Rally Whangarei. Joined by stand-in co-driver Rob Scott for the event, Holder took the opportunity to write his own
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  • Photo Gallery – International Rally Whangarei

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    Renowned motorsport photographer Geoff Ridder was out and about on the stages over the weekend capturing the action of round one of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship. Check out a gallery of Geoffs pics here:    
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  • Block wins Rally Whangarei

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      American Rally superstar Ken Block has taken victory in the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Whangarei, after a dominant performance saw him and co-driver Alex Gelsomino finish more than two minutes clear of their nearest rival. Block took his Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta to a
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  • Block storms to NZRC lead after day one

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    American driver Ken Block holds a comfortable lead after the end of leg one of Rally Whangarei, the opening round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino powered their Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta to stage wins on both of the Friday night super special stages
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  • Title number three the goal for Van Klink

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    Kaiapoi’s Marcus van Klink heads to the opening round of the 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, Rally Whangarei, looking for the perfect start to the championship. The 2014 season saw van Klink take his second NZRC Historic title and his aim for the 2015 season is to add a third to his
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  • Stage Previews: International Rally of Whangarei

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    The 2015 International Rally of Whangarei is set to be a spectacular start to the Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship. A revised format featuring nearly all new stages, and a star studded entry list of cars and stars has generated massive interest in the event. Five times National Champion Richard Mason, young chargers
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  • NZRC Driver Feature: Darren Galbraith

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    The Gull Rally Challenge Category has undergone changes for the 2015 season, with competitors now counting their best four scores from six events and able to participate in reconnaissance. This has seen numbers increasing and although he won’t be at Whangarei, defending champion Darren Galbraith has confirmed he will be defending his title, starting at Otago.
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  • Emma Gilmour eager to begin 2015 NZRC season

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    A strong build-up over summer, backed up by two years refining her Suzuki Swift Maxi, has Emma Gilmour eagerly anticipating the International Rally of Whangarei on April 17 to 19. With no overseas commitments this year, Dunedin-based Emma will be driving her Suzuki, in its third Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, and will
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  • NZRC Driver Feature: Walker Brothers

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    Dan Walker has been one of the biggest supporters of Category 5 – The Gull Rally Challenge, having contested the class every year since it was introduced for the 2013 season in his older Mitsubishi Evo. 2015 sees Walker moving into a newer generation Subaru Impreza and bringing brother Jono along as a team mate
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  • Spectacular field for National Rally Championship opener

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    The 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is set for a titanic battle with one of the strongest championship line ups in recent years to take the start line at round one in Whangarei from 17th-19th April. The entry is headed by five-times national champion Richard Mason, and includes a host of
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  • Ken Block adds second NZ event to schedule

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    American Rally star Ken Block has added a second New Zealand rally event to his 2015 schedule. Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division team today announced the addition of the Drivesouth Otago Rallyfest in May to their New Zealand rally campaign which commences at Aprils International Rally of Whangarei. The Global Motorsport sensation announced his
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  • NZRC Driver Feature: Ben Hunt

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    Since stepping up to a four-wheel drive car two seasons ago, former Nelson resident Ben Hunt has raised more than a few eyebrows with his consistent speed. A first outright NZRC round win in 2013, was followed by championship runner-up in 2014. We caught up with Ben (and after getting over the initial shock of
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  • Turner Cruises Into Championship Campaign

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    Hanging about in the Sydney airport last weekend on the way back to NZ after a recent holiday, I caught up with NZRC contender Dylan Turner. So over a cold drink [bundy and coke of course], we chatted about 2015 and Dylan’s return to the NZRC, his old cars and something about the “Reads”. Firstly
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  • NZRC Driver Feature: Shannon Chambers

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    After some impressive performances in the back half of 2014, one of the leading contenders for the rookie title in 2015 will be Pukekohe driver Shannon Chambers, who will also bring an exciting new machine to the second half of this year’s Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Something of a motorsport all-rounder,
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  • Ken Block returns to New Zealand rally stages

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      Global Motorsport sensation Ken Block has today announced he is heading to New Zealand. The American rally driver who has participated in the World Rally Championship and Global Rallycross series will include a round of the New Zealand Rally Championship on his 2015 competition schedule. Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino will contest the International
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  • Excitement machine to challenge for 2015 NZRC title

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    Organisers of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship are excited to announce the entry of Alex Kelsey for a full 2015 championship campaign in his ‘Mad Creation 2’. Kelsey’s championship registration was the first to be lodged and the 22-year old Coromandel driver has confirmed he will contest all six rounds in the
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  • Flashback: The Millen Era

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    Rod Millen is a legend of NZ Motorsport. Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner, Asia Pacific Rally Champion, and the original NZ Rally Champion. Rod was the winner of the first National Rally title in 1975 driving a Mazda RX3 and proceeded to take hat-trick of titles in his Rotary powered machines in 75, 76 & 77.  Over
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  • NZRC Driver Feature: David Holder – NZ Junior Champion

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    Tauranga driver David Holder was the sensation of the 2014 NZRC. Making his debut in the outright 4WD category, David stunned his rivals with his immediate pace at the opening round in Whangarei, taking the lead of the event on the first day. Five podium finishes from six rounds, netted third in the championship and the
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  • New and favourite stages for 2015 Otago

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    New stages, some rally favourites and an all-daylight competitive distance of 280 kilometres are features of the 2015 Otago Rally, to be held in and around Dunedin on May 9 and 10. As the second round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, and including the popular Drivesouth Rallyfest and the Stadium Cars/Ssangyong International Classic Otago
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  • New look Whangarei to host season opener

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    A revamped International Rally of Whangarei will kick-start the 2015 rally season as it hosts the opening round of the 2015 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship and also the first round of the 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship. Event Organisers are excited by changes to the format for 2015 which includes a host of new
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  • NZRC Archive Footage

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    Got the off-season blues? Need a fix of rallying action to get you through until the new season starts? Then check out the NZ Rally Championship Rally Nation Youtube channel. We’ve been dusting off the archives and uploading some classic footage. ‘Smokin Joe’ McAndrew and the Prodrive Legacy, Ross Meekings in the Enzed Celica, Brian Stokes
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  • 2015 Calendar: Rally Championship travels the nation

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    The 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship is set to be contested over six rounds taking in the best rally roads in the country with announcement this week of the 2015 series calendar.  Northland, Otago, Canterbury, Gisborne, Coromandel and Wairarapa will host rounds of the 2015 Rally Championship, providing a challenging and exciting mix of events
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  • 2014 Gallery of Champions

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    The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ has been an exciting season. Congratulations to all competitors who have taken part in the series, but a special congratulations to those that have taken the victory spoils, we salute you for your efforts at being the fastest on the gravel during
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  • GoPro Daybreaker Rally Gallery

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    The GoPro Daybreaker Rally, the sixth and final round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship driven by VINZ was held in beautful conditions in the stunning scenery of the Manawatu and Taihape Districts. Motorsport Photographer Geoff Ridder was out and about on the stages capturing the action, a selection of our
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  • Masons race to victory at season finale

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    The Masterton pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken victory in the final round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the GoPro Daybreaker Rally. With seven out of eleven stage victories over the 196 kilometres of fast flowing gravel competition in the Manawatu and Taihape districts,
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  • Podium honours at stake during season finale

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    One of the biggest battles at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ will be the battle for the remaining championship podium positions. While Richard and Sara Mason have the championship win sealed, a total of six competitors are fighting for the two remaining podium spots, and
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  • Special Stage Guide: GoPro Daybreaker Rally

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    This weekend sees the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ but teams have been set arguably the biggest challenge of the season to finish off the year.  The GoPro Daybreaker Rally takes in close to 200km of special stages across 12 hours of Rallying, kicking off
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  • Challenging finale to National Rally Championship

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    The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ is set for its final showdown at the GoPro Daybreaker Rally this weekend.  The sixth and final round of the National Rally championship will take place over 196 kilometres of gravel roads in the Manawatu and Taihape districts with a battle for
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  • Paddon takes career-best sixth place in Rally Australia

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    New Zealand’s top rally pairing, Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, has taken their best-ever result in a World Rally Championship event with a well-deserved sixth place at this weekend’s Coates Hire Rally Australia. After an intense battle with the Citroën crew of Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson throughout the event, the Kiwis were perfectly positioned
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  • Paddon in close fight at Rally Australia

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    The second day of the Coates Hire Rally Australia round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship sees Kiwi stars Hayden Paddon and John Kennard locked in a tight battle with Mads Østberg and co-driver Jonas Andersson after 14 of the event’s 20 competitive stages. The New Zealanders, in their Hyundai i20 WRC, hold seventh
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  • Positive start for Paddon at Rally Australia

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    New Zealand’s star rally drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard end the first day of WRC Coates Hire Rally Australia feeling positive about their overall position of sixth. “It hasn’t been too bad today,” said Paddon after the day’s final two runs of the super special stage in Coffs Harbour. “It has been difficult though,
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  • Paddon all set for Rally Australia

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    With today’s shakedown sessions now complete, Kiwi rally stars Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are all set for the next three days of international competition as the 2014 World Rally Championship’s tenth round takes place in Australia. Paddon has been looking forward to the 12-14 September running of the Coates Hire Rally Australia all season.
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  • Rally Nation TV Show – Rally Coromandel this Sunday – 4pm

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    Rally Nation: VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel Coverage – TV3, 4.00pm this Sunday (14th September) Tune into see all the highlights from the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel, round five of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Join hosts, motorsport commentator Clint Brown and rallydriver Glenn Inkster for a one
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  • Paddon to draw on experience with Australian Rally

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    Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard will be drawing on their experience competing on the high-speed country roads and tight, technical forest tracks typical of Rally Australia when they head to this year’s Australian World Rally Championship event. Running 12 to 14 September, the tenth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship is again
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  • Holder teams up with Kennard for Daybreaker

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    Mount Maunganui driver David Holder will benefit from the experience of John Kennard in the co-driver’s seat of the Stadium Cars Ltd Mitsubishi Evo 8 at the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the GoPro Daybreaker Rally. Holder has turned many heads in his debut season
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  • Gallery: VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel

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    The VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel was a spectacular new addition to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Our photographer Euan Cameron was out and about to capture the best of the action as the Coromandel turned on a stunning day for rallying. A few of our favourite
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  • Campbell takes break through victory on Coromandel

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    The Tauranga pairing of Phil Campbell and Venita Fabbro have taken their maiden victory in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, by winning the inaugural VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromanel.   Campbell and Fabbro guided their Roofing Store Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 through the 135 kilometres of twisting and
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  • Youngest National Title holder makes big impression

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    The 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ has seen plenty of records tumble, mostly at the hands of Richard and Sara Mason, but New Zealand rallying’s youngest national champion was also crowned in 2014, with Hawkes Bay teenager Max Bayley taking out the FIA two-wheel drive class at Rally
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  • Special Stage Guide: VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel

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    Round five of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ sees crews head for new territory with the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel, with rallying returning to the peninsula for the first time in 30 years on Saturday August 23.New roads create an even playing field for all, and
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  • All new challenge awaits rally teams on Coromandel Peninsula

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    Competitors in the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, face an all new challenge for round 5, the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel. The Whitianga based event is a new addition to the championship and will be contested over 135 kilometres of gravel roads on the Coromandel Peninsula.
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  • News briefs – between the rounds

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    Its been a 6 week break since the last round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, providing a small break in the season for teams. There has still been plenty happening in the local rally scene, we catchup with some of the news. Campbell takes maiden win on
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  • Paddon and Kennard hold on for solid finish in Finland

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    New Zealand’s leading rally drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard didn’t let a power steering issue stop them from finishing Neste Oil Rally Finland, holding on for a solid eighth place in their third FIA World Rally Championship event with Hyundai Motorsport. The popular Kiwi pair enjoyed their most competitive rally to date in the
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  • Paddon and Kennard continue improving in Finland

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    Top Kiwi rally pairing Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have continued their strong performance during the third day of Neste Oil Rally Finland and now hold sixth place overall with just one short day of the event left to run. The Kiwis are contesting their third event with Hyundai Motorsport in the 2014 FIA World Rally
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  • Positive progress for Paddon and Kennard in Finland

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    Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, New Zealand’s only competitors in the FIA World Rally Championship, have moved up the leader-board to hold seventh place overall after day two of Neste Oil Rally Finland. Competing in their third event with Hyundai Motorsport, Paddon and Kennard started Friday’s nine special stages with two very competitive, fourth-quickest times then
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  • Waterways Super Special Stage brings rally action into Whitianga

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    An afternoon spectator Super Special Stage will bring the spectacular action of rallying into the township of Whitianga for the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel on Saturday 23rd August. The Super Special Stage will be run on a 1.17 kilometre tarmac course alongside the Whitianga Waterways on Joan Gaskell Drive. Competitors will contest the
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  • Rally Nation: Rally Wairarapa TV Coverage this Sunday

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    TV3, 4.00pm this Sunday (13th July)- tune into see all the highlights from the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, round four of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Join hosts, motorsport commentator Clint Brown and rally driver Glenn Inkster for a one hour review of the Masteron based event.
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  • VINZ back Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel

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      The newest event on the national rally calendar will officially be known as the VINZ Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel, with the announcement today of Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ) as title sponsor of the Whitianga based event on Saturday 23rd August. VINZ is a leading supplier of vehicle inspection and certification in New
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  • The Masons – The statistics…

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    Last weekend Richard & Sara Mason wrote their names into the history books of NZ rallying with a record fifth national rally title. The Masons are without a doubt a class act in NZ rallying and over the course of those five titles have set an amazing string of stats through ultra-consistent performances. With the
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  • Gallery: Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa

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    The 2014 Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa was an event full of colour, excitement and celebration with the Mason Motorsport team securing the 2014 title. Check out the gallery of pics covering all the action here: http://www.nzrallychampionship.co.nz/photos/
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  • Masons the class of New Zealand rallying

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    The Masterton husband and wife pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have created New Zealand Rallying history by winning todays Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa. The victory on home roads, secured the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, a record fifth National rally title for Richard. The Mason’s produced
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  • Spectacular exit for Gilmour

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    Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour and co-driver Ben Atkinson have unfortunately had a spectacular ending to their Wairapara Rally rolling out of the event on special stage 2. Both Emma and Ben are ok, but a disappointing ending to their event after being fourth fastest in the opening stage. Check out the photo sequence below caught on
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  • Rally Wairarapa Midday Update: Mason leads

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    Masterton driver Richard Mason holds the advantage at midday in the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa, round 4 of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ.  A dominant start to the rally with fastest time in the opening 33 kilometre test, 49.6 seconds quicker than Nelson’s Ben Hunt gave Richard the
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  • Paddon and Kennard make solid start in Poland

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    The New Zealand crew of Hayden Paddon and John Kennard have started strongly in their first attempt at Lotos Rally Poland, joining their Hyundai Motorsport teammates in the top seven overall after the event’s first day of competition. Competing in just their second event as the Hyundai Motorsport N entry in the 2014 FIA World
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  • Record fifth title on the line at home rally

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    Masterton based rally driver Richard Mason has the opportunity to create history at his home rally this weekend, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa. Mason holds a 68 point lead after three wins from three starts in the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, and only needs a third
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  • Stage Previews: Trusthouse Racetech Rally of Wairarapa

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    This year’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa moves from last year’s October slot that created plenty of issues with dust and into a more traditional June date to form round four of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ on June 28. For the second season in a row, the event
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  • Summerfield aims to regain second at Wairarapa

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    Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield is looking for a strong result to regain his second place in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ at the fourth round, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa. Summerfield and co-driving sister Nicole recorded a career best result at the opening round of the championship, Rally Whangarei,
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  • BNT Mason Motorsport expected to cruise through NZRC Rally Wairarapa….Yeah Right

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    Three wins from three starts mean that four times New Zealand Rally Champions Richard and Sara Mason can win the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship – driven by Vinz [NZRC] at this weekend’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa. The Masterton Flyers now hold a massive 68 point lead at the halfway mark
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  • Stunning Peninsula roads for Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel

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    A new challenge awaits rally competitors with the ‘Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel’ taking to the roads around the Peninsula on Saturday 23rd August. Based at the seaside town of Whitianga, the Gold Rush Rally is a new addition to the national rally calendar and hosts the fifth round of the 2014 Brian Green Property
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  • Paddon values learning from Hyundai WRC debut in Italy

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    New Zealand’s top rally drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard successfully completed the final day of Rally Italia Sardegna, taking a top five stage time and finishing their debut rally with Hyundai Motorsport in 12th place overall. While the results spoke volumes of Paddon’s determination and mature approach, as well as the team’s hard work
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  • Paddon learns and improves on Hyundai WRC debut

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    Having driven steadily and sensibly in the opening three Saturday stages at Rally Italia Sardegna, Hayden Paddon and John Kennard had to stop part-way through the final stage to avoid further damage to their misfiring engine. On their debut event with Hyundai Motorsport in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, Paddon and Kennard are focused on
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  • Emma makes X Games Semis

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    Avoiding the carnage around her, New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour has stormed through to an incredible Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) semi finals result at the X Games in Austin, Texas this weekend. Competing as the sole female, due to the non-appearance of Australian drifter Sarah Burgess, Emma became the first woman to ever compete
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  • BNT Mason Motorsport make it three from three with victory at NZRC Rally Canterbury

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    Four times New Zealand Rally Champions Richard and Sara Mason continued their domination of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship -driven by Vinz [NZRC] with a third straight victory at last weekend’s Lone Star Rally of Canterbury. In another measured, clinical display that ranged from driving to survive the treacherous muddy
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  • Masons make it three from three

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    The Masterton pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken the honours in the third round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ to make it three wins from three championship starts. The Masons in their BNT Subaru Impreza mastered the icy North Canterbury roads to win the Lone
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  • 5 to watch: Rally Canterbury

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    As the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ continues its southern adventure with night stages, cool weather forecasts and increasing competition, we take a look at 5 things to keep an eye on this weekend 1. The weather – The forecast for Saturday night in Christchurch is for clear but -2°C
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  • Stage Previews: Lone Star Rally of Canterbury

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    Round three of Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ sees the series stay in the South. The first of the one-day rounds of this year championship, the Lone Star Rally Canterbury in association with Joes Garage sees night stages return to the championship and while last year’s event was exclusively forestry,
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  • Masons lead rally into darkness

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    National Rally Championship leader Richard Mason will head the field into darkness on Saturday night when the Lone Star Rally of Canterbury starts with two forest night stages, west of Rangiora. The Christchurch based event is round three of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ and has the
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  • Rally Canterbury goes West for Westy

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    Timaru’s Chris West will miss the third round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, Rally Canterbury, as a result of damage sustained in a massive crash at Rally Otago. West, driving the Andrew Simms Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, headed to the most southern round of the NZRC looking
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  • BNT Mason Motorsport repeat winning performance at NZRC Rally Otago

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    Following last month’s victory at Whangarei – the opening round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by Vinz – four times New Zealand Rally Champions Richard and Sara Mason have repeated that performance last weekend at the other end of the country at round 2 – the DriveSouth Rally of Otago. In a
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  • Summerfield maintains second in NZRC

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    The Matt Summerfield Rallisport team have defied the odds to maintain second place in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ after the second round, Rally Otago, over the weekend. An engine failure in the lead up to the event left New Zealand’s fastest brother and sister, Matt and Nicole
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  • Hawkeswood shows new car’s potential at Otago

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    The long awaited debut of Andrew Hawkeswood’s Mazda 2 Maxi car in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ has seen the Auckland driver come away with a close fought fourth place finish. Hawkeswood and co-driver Rob Ryan showed the new car’s potential on the very first stage, setting the
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  • Jansen grabs 3rd at NZRC Rally Otago

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    Christchurch’s Matt Jansen has re-entered the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship – driven by Vinz [NZRC] in top form as he grabbed a 3rd place finish at this weekend’s DriveSouth Rally of Otago. Matt and new co-driver, the vastly experienced and fellow Cantabrian Rocky Hudson, powered their MITECH WELDERS Subaru through the
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  • West and Cobham ok after high speed roll

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    Chris West and Chris Cobham are both “a little sore but ok” following their high speed exit from the Drivesouth Rally of Otago yesterday. The Andrew Simms Mitsubishi  crew rolled 5.2km into the first stage on Sunday morning (the Taireri Beach forest test) after their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X ran wide on a very fast
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  • Two from two for Masons

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    The Masterton husband and wife pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken their second round victory in a row after another impressive performance at the Drivesouth Rally of Otago, round two of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. The Masons in their BNT Subaru dominated the event
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  • Mason class of NZRC field at Otago

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    Current leader of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, Richard Mason, has been the class of the NZRC field in their BNT Subaru on the opening day of the Drivesouth Otago Rally. Following Mason home were Chris West and Emma Gilmour. Mason and co-driving wife Sara took advantage of
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  • Stage Previews – Drivesouth Rally Otago

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    Round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship – driven by VINZ – is the iconic OtagoRally, which this year runs as a round of the NZRC for the 20th consecutive year. Canterburys Jeff Judd is an experienced driver and co-driver having rallied all over New Zealand and Internationally, we asked ‘Juddy’ to help
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  • 5 minutes with Matt Summerfield….

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    Canterbury driver Matt Summerfield has had a great start to the 2014 championship and is second in the points standings after finishing second overall at the opening round VINZ Rally Whangarei. This was Matt and co-driver (and sister) Nicole’s best NZRC result to date and a great reward for the small family team from Rangiora.
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  • Southern challenge awaits Championship field

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    Balancing speed with risk is the challenge according to championship leader Richard Mason as the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ heads to the rolling hills and forest tracks of the Drivesouth Rally of Otago next weekend. The two day event contested over 283 kilometers of special stages is
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  • NZRC Update: Between the rallies

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    One week out from the Drivesouth Rally Otago, round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, catchup with our summary of all the championship news between events. Joining the field for round 2 is the 2012 National Junior champion Matt Jansen. The Canterbury driver will be joined by
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  • Top field for 2014 Rally of Otago

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    An impressive field of 88 competitors will line up for next month’s International Rally of Otago, with some of the rallying’s biggest names taking part, including 1994 World Champion, Didier Auriol, from France. The 44-car field for round two of the Brian Green Property Group New  Zealand Rally Championship component of the event is headed
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  • Rally Nation: Rally Whangarei TV Coverage this weekend

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    TV3, 2.30pm this Sunday (April 27th)- tune into see all the highlights from Rally Whangarei, the opening round of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. An event full of action and drama, amongst the backdrop of the fast and spectacular Northland roads. The show will also be repeated
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  • 2014 VINZ Rally Whangarei – Gallery

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    The stunning weather and fast pace, made for some fantastic images from round 1 of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. Check out the action caught on camera by our photographer Euan Cameron over the course of the weekend. Full gallery here: http://www.nzrallychampionship.co.nz/photos/   Dave Strong kicking up the
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  • Masons win titanic Whangarei Rally battle

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    The Masterton pairing of Richard and Sara Mason have taken victory in the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ.  The Masons were pushed all the way by a number of new challenges over the two days of the VINZ Rally Whangarei, held in dry, dusty and
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  • Mason and BNT Subaru hunting record 5th rally title

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    Four times New Zealand Rally champion Richard Mason from Masterton could make history as the first driver to secure five titles. Its a point the BNT Subaru driver and co-driver Sara Mason are very aware of as they start the 2014 Brian Green Property Group NZ Rally Championship driven by VINZ this weekend.  Mason’s current haul
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  • Gull fuels NZ rally drivers

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    Gull Fuels will provide support to six young drivers competing in the 2014 New Zealand Rally Championship via the Gull Rally Scholarship initiative. The Gull Rally Scholarship which commenced in 2012 is aimed at supporting the development of up and coming talent in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ,
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  • Van Klink wants Classic title back in 2014

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    Kaiapoi rally driver Marcus van Klink has made his intentions clear for the 2014 season, he wants to regain the New Zealand Historic Rally Championship title he won in 2012. As the defending champion last season, van Klink faced strong opposition in the Chesters Mazda RX-7, although it was not speed but a horrific run
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  • Stage Preview: VINZ International Rally Whangarei

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    This year’s VINZ International Rally of Whangarei sees the event receive its biggest change in format in several years. Traditionally run entirely to the south of Whangarei, for 2014 the first day heads North of Whangarei using new roads for the event, before the second leg takes in the traditional international stages from years past. 
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  • Read to co-drive Paddon for Stadium Cars Classic Otago Rally

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    Newly-signed Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon, the current NZ rally champion, returns to New Zealand in May for his second attempt at the famous Stadium Cars International Classic Rally of Otago. For the 9 to 11 May event, Paddon will be back behind the wheel of the Stadium Finance BDA Escort that he
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  • Hawkeswood and spectacular new Mazda aiming for fast start

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    Andrew Hawkeswood has piloted some spectacular cars from his Group A Lancer Evo’s, to the fearsome Audi Quattro S1. For 2014 Andrew returns to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, in a new generation car that signals the future of rallycar design in this country.  Andrews new rally weapon, the
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  • Round 4, Rally Wairarapa 2014 is green for GO!

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      Having worked with the local communities, residents and Councils over the last 8 months, through earthquakes and concerns on road use, the Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa is now set to deliver an exciting and challenging motorsport event on Saturday 28th June. “It has been a full team effort”, says Bruce Sollitt, Secretary of the
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  • Race against time for debut of exciting new car

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    Patrick Malley has been nervously watching the sailing schedule of a container ship on route to Auckland from Poland that is carrying precious cargo. On-board is Patrick’s new rallycar, and with just under two weeks until the first event in the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ, the race
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  • Global Rallycross Drive for Emma Gilmour

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    Emma Gilmour will compete in the spectacular American based Global Rallycross Championship this year, as part of a two-car team with Rhys Millen, at Rhys Millen Racing (RMR). Emma will contest 10 rounds of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) across North America, including the X Games in June, driving a Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
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  • Youth to challenge experience in National rally title

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    Experience versus emerging talent will be the feature of the 2014 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship driven by VINZ. A number of new faces stepping into new cars in the outright four wheel drive category provides an exciting prospect when the new season commences next month at Rally Whangarei. With 2013 National
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  • VINZ support to drive New Zealand Rally Championship

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    The 2014 National Rally title will officially be known as the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship -driven by VINZ, with the announcement today of Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ) as a new addition to the family of sponsors. VINZ is a leading supplier of vehicle inspection and certification in New Zealand including
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  • National Rallying returns to the Coromandel Peninsula

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    The Coromandel Peninsula will play host to a round of the 2014 New Zealand Rally Championship in August, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with the Thames-Coromandel District council to base an event from Whitianga. The event will be held on the Coromandel, in the Mercury Bay area on Saturday 23rd August
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  • Paddon reclaims New Zealand Rally Championship title

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    A storming and world-class drive by Geraldine’s Hayden Paddon has seen the 26-year-old, and Blenheim based co-driver John Kennard, reclaim the overall Goldstar Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship title following today’s final round over roads in the Wairarapa. Wrapping up the six round series Paddon won the day’s Trusthouse Racetech Rally Wairarapa
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