Frustrations for Mackersy despite strong start to year
Husband and wife crew of Tim and Lauren Mackersy have had a frustrating start to the 2024 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship despite some excellent results. They have purchased an M-Sport produced Ford Fiesta Rally 4 car that arrived in the country prior to the opening round at Otago but a hold › Read more
From the Service Park – Rally South Canterbury
Cheers to Andy Martin A massive thanks to Andy Martin and his team at the Bunker/The Fort in Timaru for putting the NZRC up in his new digs over the weekend. The place was perfect for the crew to stay at and he generously looked after the team superbly across the weekend. This in addition › Read more
Paddon wins on return while Stokes pips Hunt for second
Haydon Paddon has made a successful return to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship after winning Rally South Canterbury on Saturday. The WRC rally winner showed his class to power his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4 to victory by one minute and 43 seconds over Robbie Stokes in his first appearance of › Read more
Battle pack at front to resume championship fight in South Canterbury
Championship contenders Jack Hawkeswood, Robbie Stokes and Ben Hunt will continue their battle at the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in South Canterbury on Saturday. The trio were separated by very little at the opening round in Otago last month and will battle it out on the super-fast › Read more
By the numbers – Google Grant’s key stats for Rally South Canterbury
Yes, South Canterbury is fast If you thought Otago last month was fast you are right. This year the Average Speed for the 16 Stages covering 275kms was 119.5kph. Last Year’s 5 x NZRC Rounds Event Average Speeds were: Otago was 110.88kph South Canterbury was 107.95kph Whangarei was 100.36kph Rally BOP was 96.05kph Daybreaker was › Read more
Allport – tyres won’t decide 2024 championship
One of the brightest minds in New Zealand rallying is predicting whoever gets their head around the new MRF control tyre will have the best shot at winning this year’s championship. The new MRF tyre – the first control tyre in the history of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, provided a › Read more
Paddon returns to begin pursuit of Otago stars
Seven-time national champion Hayden Paddon returns for the second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship held in South Canterbury on May 11. Paddon, who grew up in nearby Geraldine, missed the season opening round in Otago earlier this month due to a clash with his European Rally Championship commitments but › Read more
Fraser’s throwback livery providing platform to succeed
Paul Fraser claimed a comfortable victory in the Historic 2WD class at Otago Rally and has taken a significant step towards a title push despite being motivated by other factors this season. With a tribute livery on his Ford Escort, Fraser is carrying the Masport colours made famous by the 1979 Rally New Zealand winning › Read more
Strong relishing every challenge in latter years
No-one has competed in more Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championships than Dave Strong but the veteran driver isn’t planning on giving it away any time soon. Strong looked arguably the driver to beat lining up at the season opening Otago Rally in his Honda Jazz but things didn’t go his way during › Read more
From the Service Park – Rally Otago
What a weekend we had to open the season in Otago. Fittingly, the NZRC Live team were out and about – until the wee small hours – to get all the goss for this edition of From the Service Park. Emotional win for Hawkeswood There wouldn’t be many people involved in the sport that weren’t › Read more
Hawkeswood beats Stokes for first ever NZRC win
Jack Hawkeswood has held off a charging Robbie Stokes to claim his first ever win in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship at Rally Otago on Sunday. Hawkeswood completed a start-to-finish win in his Force Motorsport Toyota GR Yaris and becomes the first second generation driver in history to win a round › Read more
Hawkeswood on the cusp of history after superb opening day
Jack Hawkeswood produced a career drive to lead the Otago Rally by 19.4 seconds over fellow second-generation driver Robbie Stokes in the season opening event of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship on Saturday. Hawkeswood dominated the day in his Force Motorsport Toyota GR Yaris, winning the opening stage and showcasing a › Read more
Plenty of contenders to battle it out in Otago
A wide-open field will contest the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship this weekend with any number of contenders making a case to win. Seven-time national champion Hayden Paddon’s absence – he will miss the opening round due to a clash with his European Rally Championship commitments – opens › Read more
By the numbers – Google Grant’s key stats for Otago Rally
Chris Grant is a leading authority on New Zealand rallying. On event, he works as a part of the Chrissport results team and off event is known as ‘Google Grant’, the ultimate search engine for rallying information. We’ve got Chris to dig in to his magical black book to give us some key stats ahead › Read more
Refreshed Stokes ready for 2024 challenge
A refreshed and refocused Robbie Stokes will tackle the 2024 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship this year and looms as a possible dark horse. Stokes will line up as one of the title contenders in his Stokes Motorsport Ford Fiesta AP4 starting with this week’s Otago Rally. The talented Cantabrian has been › Read more
Relaxed Hunt not fazed by potential for third title
Pukekohe’s Ben Hunt enters the 2024 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship chasing a third title, something that would put him on a par with legends of our sport like Tony Teesdale, Neil Allport and Joe McAndrew. And with Hayden Paddon missing the two-day opening round and the 44 points it offers, many › Read more
Hawkeswood chasing a piece of history in 2024
Whitford Junior driver Jack Hawkeswood sees the 2024 Brian Green Property Group as his best shot yet to crown himself New Zealand rally champion. While Hawkeswood enters the season with his Force Motorsport Toyota GR Yaris AP4 that has seen him through two partial campaigns in the past two seasons, plenty of development as well › Read more
Gilmour primed for full-on tilt at 2024 NZRC
Gilmour will contest her first full NZRC campaign since 2018 and is hoping the stars are aligning for her to win a break-through title. One of the more experienced campaigners in the field, Gilmour has fashioned an outstanding record during her time competing in the national championship and should feature prominently this season as she › Read more
Paddon embraces challenge of defending title
Paddon will miss the extra point scoring Otago Rally due to a clash with the opening event of his European Rally Championship schedule, leaving the rest of the Kiwi field with a massive opportunity to strike a significant blow. While disappointed he misses one of his favoured events, Paddon will be at the remaining five › Read more
Paddon’s Otago absence throws open 2024 NZRC
The most open field in recent history will contest the opening round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship but the big omission is seven-time national champion Hayden Paddon. Paddon’s name was a glaring absence from the official entry list confirmed on Monday, throwing the 2024 championship wide open. By missing the › Read more
Jones makes jump to open 4WD in 2024
The uber-talented 19-year-old will run a Smith & Sons-backed Skoda Fabia R5 and will make his championship debut at the season opening round in Otago in April. The car has been run over the past few seasons by uncle Kingsley Jones and the younger Jones is aiming to put a whole season deal together. He › Read more
From the Service Park – summer special
The NZRC Live crew were in attendance at Dylan Thomson’s wedding over the weekend and were able to gain some valuable insights ahead of the 2024 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. It was great to be able to celebrate with Dylan – one of the championship’s real good guys – as he › Read more
NZRC calendar for 2024 confirmed
The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship has confirmed a six-round 2024 calendar that will see the first half of the season take place in the South Island and second half in the North. Championship organisers have also confirmed the addition of the Southern Lights Rally, to be based in Invercargill and using › Read more

ABOUT THE NZRC

 
The New Zealand Rally Championship is this country’s premier nationwide rally championship. It attracts New Zealand’s best drivers to compete in numerous categories for the prestigious MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned rally championship titles. In 2024, there are six NZRC rounds, each with a unique character reflecting the diverse regions – from Northland to Invercargill