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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Six round NZRC confirmed for 2022

Rally New Zealand in Auckland will comprise rounds five and six of the 2022 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship and set the calendar in stone. Organisers confirmed the six-round championship today, which will finish with a stunning double-header in Auckland on some of the most iconic roads on the planet while the

From the Service Park – end of season edition

While it is disappointing the season has been called off early, we have still managed to find plenty of news and gossip to report to you. More R5 cars on the way I’m hearing there are more R5 cars on their way to New Zealand – as many as three new cars coming to join

Remainder of NZRC 2021 season cancelled

The government’s decision to continue restrictions on regional travel in and out of Auckland has forced the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship and Motorsport New Zealand to cancel the final round of the 2021 season in the Bay of Plenty. While organisers of the Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty intend to

The 25 best stages in NZ rallying – number 1

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 1: Whaanga Coast (Raglan) Perhaps the most recognisable New Zealand rally stage among worldwide rally fans. Often used in promotional videos and still photography, the stunning rugged Raglan coastline, Tasman sea crashing onto

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 2

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 2: Kuri Bush (Otago) The reputation of the famous Kuri Bush stage is legendary. The 15km-long stage is blindingly quick, choc-full of blind crests and jumps that command the ultimate commitment from drivers.

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 3

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 3: Whakarau (Gisborne) Widely regarded as the reward for finishing the Motu, you’d struggle to find two roads so geographically close (less than 5km apart), yet so different in nature. In fact, back

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 4

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 4: Manawahe (Whakatane) Another famous New Zealand stage that has been part of numerous events from club rallies to Rally New Zealand over the years. A regular feature in Rally New Zealand during

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 5

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 5: Motu (Opotiki) This road is the stuff of legend. Unless your name is Colin McRae, the infamous Motu stage south of Opotiki is not a rally stage you generally enjoy as a

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 6

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 6: Te Akau North/South (Raglan) The Te Akau stages are another to have been used in various configurations over the years but generally have been separated into Te Akau North and Te Akau

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 7

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 7: Parahi-Ararua (Maungaturoto) Parahi, Ararua and Bull roads have been used as separate stages over the years but famously merged together for Rally New Zealand in 2000 to form the longest stage on

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 8

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 8: Ridge Road (Manawatu) Probably the ultimate sting in the tail that any rally has consistently offered up; Ridge Road has shaped Daybreaker rallies since way back. Even last time it ran, as

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 9

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 9: Cricklewood (Hawkes Bay) The signature stage of the Hawkes Bay Rally, Cricklewood is well worth the haul from Napier up to Wairoa. This is a stage that offers no breaks and although

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – number 10

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the top 10 stages. Number 10: Waipori Gorge (Otago) Regarded by Ken Block during his 2015 visit to the event as the best stage he’d ever driven, Waipori Gorge is an icon of the Otago Rally and, along

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – 11-15

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the stages ranked 16-20. Here’s how they finished. Number 15: Brooks (Maungaturoto) A favourite stage on Rally New Zealand events since the mid-1990s through until 2012 – Brooks is a staple stage in the Maungaturoto area and one

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – 16-20

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the stages ranked 16-20. Here’s how they finished. Number 20: Spur Road (Timaru) To put it simply, the Stadium Finance South Canterbury Rally is widely regarded as the fastest rally currently in the Brian Green Property Group New

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – 21-25

In our countdown of the top 25 stages in New Zealand rallying, our experts have locked in the stages ranked 21-25. Here's how they finished. Number 25: Lady Lake (Westland) Consistently run as part of the Westland Rally in both directions, Lady Lake is a ‘blind’ stage driven with more commitment than any other in

The best 25 stages in NZ rallying – those that missed out

New Zealand rally roads are often described as the best in the world so we thought we would try and work out a best of the best list. We took ideas and opinion from the rally community, created a list of 25 stages and then asked our panel of experts to put them in order.

Bay of Plenty replaces Coromandel on NZRC calendar

October’s Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty has replaced Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally Coromandel as the final round of the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. New Zealand’s leading rally drivers will tackle some iconic stages – like Manawahe - made famous by being part of Rally New Zealand events in yesteryear

COVID forces cancellation of Coromandel

The latest COVID-19 outbreak has forced the cancellation of next month’s Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally Coromandel. The country will remain in Level 4 lockdown until Friday at the earliest, while Auckland is set to stay under the highest Alert Level until Tuesday next week. Dayle ITM Rally Coromandel was set to take place on Saturday

Star performers – our unsung heroes from Hawke’s Bay

Hayden Paddon rightly took all the limelight at the end of Kennedy Park Resort Napier Rally Hawke’s Bay on Saturday after the Hyundai driver banked his fourth straight win this season and wrapped up the championship in convincing fashion. Paddon is driving superbly and deserves every plaudit he gets. He has continued to lift his

From the Service Park – Rally Hawke’s Bay

The NZRC team were delighted to be back in the beautiful Hawke's Bay for the first time in a decade for a round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. See what rumours they were able to unearth while there. Paddon closes in on records Hayden Paddon drew level with Richard Mason

Paddon seals fifth title in return to Hawke’s Bay

Hayden Paddon claimed the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship by winning the Kennedy Park Resort Napier Rally Hawke’s Bay on Saturday in comprehensive fashion. The WRC rally winner joins Richard Mason as the most successful driver in the history of the championship with his fifth title, secured with a round to

Rally stars descend on Hawke’s Bay for first stop in a decade

After an absence of a decade the beautiful Hawke’s Bay once again plays host to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship this weekend for round four of five, the Kennedy Park Resort Hawke's Bay Rally. Using a combination of stages that featured in previous national championship rounds as well as some brand-new

The championship equation at Hawke’s Bay

The 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is very likely to be decided at this weekend’s Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s Bay. Hayden Paddon (Hyundai NZ i20) can wrap it up simply by finishing the rally and will claim his fifth title. The only two drivers that can beat Paddon to the

Dayle ITM confirmed as 2021 Goldrush Rally of Coromandel Title Sponsor

Dayle ITM are back to support the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally  Championship becoming the naming rights sponsors of the 2021 Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally Coromandel. Acting as the final round of the 2021 championship, Dayle ITM Goldrush Rally Coromandel will be held September 3-4 based in the seaside town of Whitianga. Dayle

Star performers – our unsung heroes from South Canterbury

There were some impressive performances at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury over the weekend. Hayden Paddon was once again the class of the field as he took a third-straight win this season while Quentin Palmer was superb in his victory in the Rally Challenge as well as finishing fourth overall. Tim Smith’s terrific drive earned

Pettigrew, Gray take out Open 2WD title

Ari Pettigrew and Samantha Gray have been crowned Open 2WD champions for the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The pair finished third in the class at the weekend’s Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury to clinch the category 3 title with two rounds to spare. Pettigrew and Gray set the pace at

From the Service Park – Rally South Canterbury

The NZRC team were out and about at Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury over the weekend. Their research for this column really goes the extra mile. They were out late looking for stories until the wee small hours of Friday morning and covered the width and breadth of the event. Gotcha finally Marcus van Klink

Paddon masters South Canterbury in drama-filled day

Hayden Paddon has won the Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury and in doing so put one hand on the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The Hyundai New Zealand driver blitzed the field again in what proved yet another drama-filled and chaotic event on the fast gravel roads in South Canterbury to

Can the pack catch Paddon in South Canterbury?

The lightning-fast gravel roads of South Canterbury provide the best chance yet for the chasing pack to challenge Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship leader Hayden Paddon. Paddon, the ex-WRC star, has gone two from two so far this season with wins at Otago and Whangarei in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4

Youngster Grant doing his bit for charity

Jordan Grant’s car carries the logo of a cause close to his heart as he competes in the 2021 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The talented Grant is one of several youngsters cutting their teeth in the FIA Group N 2WD class of the championship and he has used a very unique

Star performers – our unsung heroes from Whangarei

The International Rally of Whangarei presented by Mark Cromie Motor Group was another brutal event with a long list of casualties and hard luck stories. We have sifted through the performances to find the unsung heroes from the weekend. Quentin Palmer The Taumarunui driver took out the Rally Challenge class on Saturday and was handed

From the Service Park – International Rally of Whangarei

From the Service Park starts off this edition with a comforting message from the Hudson family. Lisa was taken to hospital on Saturday after her big crash alongside Matt Adams in an incident that rocked the rallying community.Thankfully she has avoided major injury and was kept in overnight Saturday for observation. The Hudson family has

Late puncture can’t prevent Paddon win

Even a final stage puncture couldn’t prevent Hayden Paddon from winning the International Rally of Whangarei presented by Mark Cromie Motor Group on Sunday. The former WRC star cruised to victory by four minutes and nine seconds despite dropping three minutes on the final stage to change a puncture in his Hyundai NZ i20 AP4.

Paddon opens up big lead amidst carnage

Hayden Paddon has taken a commanding lead in drama-filled day at the International Rally of Whangarei presented by Mark Cromie Motor Group. Paddon won each of the day’s seven completed stages in his Hyundai NZ i20 to open up a lead of three minutes 46.9 seconds over 2019 national champion Ben Hunt. Hunt lies second

Palmer eases to Rally Challenge win

Taumarunui’s Quentin Palmer has won the Rally Challenge one-day class at the International Rally of Whangarei presented by Mark Cromie Motor Group after a superb drive in his Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 on Saturday. Palmer, alongside co-driver Noel Moloney, claimed honours by a whopping three minutes 39.7 seconds over David Sievers and Matt Sayers in

Paddon goes fastest in Pohe Island stages

Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship leader Hayden Paddon won both passes through the Pohe Island Super Special and lowered the stage record at the International Rally of Whangarei on Friday night. Paddon scorched through the 1.2km test in just 53.8 seconds on his first run as a huge crowd packed onto the

Star performers – our unsung heroes from Otago Rally

While the results on Chrissport tell the story of Winmax Otago Rally we have delved a little deeper to find some star performers that impressed without maybe getting results they deserved. Robbie Stokes In his first NZRC event in the Ford Fiesta AP4 car Stokes showed off his undoubted talent by storming through the afternoon

From the Service Park – Rally Otago

Our last visit to Dunedin in 2019 saw Dylan Turner famously book the NZRC team into a hostel that resulted in some team members coming down with a mysterious rash and others forced to sleep in the car. Sleep deprived and with a stiff neck, the corresponding edition of From the Service Park highlighted the

Paddon survives carnage to win Otago

International star Hayden Paddon won the Winmax Otago Rally on Sunday and took round honours in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship opener. Paddon largely avoided the carnage that befell the majority of the field as the two-day event on fast, flowing roads claimed victim after victim. He survived a couple of

Paddon in control as Turner pips Stokes

Former WRC star Hayden Paddon has opened a lead of 3 minutes 27.4 seconds at the end of the opening day of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship opener at the Winmax Otago Rally. Paddon took opening day honours in the Hyundai NZ i20 AP4 ahead of Dylan Turner in the LJ

Eager drivers return for Championship battle

A total of eight different rally winners will tackle the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship opener this weekend exactly 546 days since the last day of competition. A field of 49 cars will take part in the Winmax Otago Rally starting with a ceremonial opening in downtown Dunedin on Friday, eagerly waiting

New season, new livery for many competitors

Marcus van Klink is one of a number of competitors that will be sporting a brand-new livery at this week’s Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship season opener in Otago. Van Klink’s Mazda RX8 will sport a radical new white and bright green paint scheme for the 2021 championship, making one of the

Horan ruled out of Otago with injury

A freak accident has cost Raana Horan a chance to compete at this week’s Winmax Otago Rally with the last-start winner ruled out of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship opener due to injury. The Generator Rental Services Skoda driver broke a rib after a fall on a boat last week and

       

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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 2022, there are six NZRC rounds, each with a unique character reflecting the diverse regions – from Northland to Otago.