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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Jones working his way back from opening day mistake

It was arguably the moment of the year but talented youngster Bryn Jones is using his mishap at Otago Rally to help him in his quest to become NZRC 2WD champion. Jones suffered a potentially championship-ruining incident at the opening day of the season when he spun his Ford Fiesta Rally 4 and damaged the

Teams Cup – mid-season update

Seven teams registered for the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship Teams Cup prior to the opening round of the championship, with partnerships formed for all sorts of reasons including business, family, brand loyalty and common car clubs. Back to defend their title were Paddon Racing Group, although Emma Gilmour would step up

Group A Challenge – mid-season update

The Group A Challenge saw six cars cross the start ramp at the opening round, Rally Otago. Returning with their Subaru Impreza H6’s were Paul Cross/Janey Blair, James Macdonald/Josh Edwards and Amy Keighley with a new co-driver in Grant Marra for the year. They’d be up against the Mitsubishi Evo 3 of Andrew & Hayden

Paddon backs innovation in NZRC

New Zealand’s most successful rally driver Hayden Paddon has thrown his support behind the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship adding new initiatives in the years ahead. Paddon was a stand out in the recent Southern Lights Rally, which saw competitors tackle a Friday night opening stage and early Saturday morning test in

Teams Championship – mid-season update

Four teams have registered to date for the Rally Challenge Teams Cup within the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, with teams combining their finishing position and power stage result in their respective class (4WD or 2WD) to come up with a total team score for each round. Entries were received from the

Parker battles nasty injury to extend lead

Jared Parker had to overcome new roads, night stages, a change of crew and mechanical gremlins but that wasn’t the biggest challenge he faced enroute to winning his class at the Southern Lights Rally. Parker, the reigning Rally Challenge 2WD champion of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, took a stranglehold on

Macdonald thrilled with dream start to rookie campaign

Caleb Macdonald has been one of the stand-out performers in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship through the first half of the 2024 season. The Queenstown-based driver, in his rookie campaign, trails Carter Strang by one point in the highly competitive Rally Challenge 4WD class at the halfway point of the season.

From the Service Park – Southern Lights Rally

Our hard-working NZRC Live team were out and about, beanies and all, at the Southern Lights Rally finding out everything there is to know for this column. Hat-tip to Rally Race Group It is a big task bringing a new event (after two decades we can call it a new event) back to the calendar,

Paddon wins in Southland as title battle down to a point

Just one point separates the two leading contenders in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship after the first visit to Southland in two decades. WRC rally winner Hayden Paddon claimed a victory of just over three minutes from Ben Hunt in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4, winning each of the 10

Championship returns to Southland and night stages

The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship heads to the Deep South for the first time in two decades when the Southern Lights Rally begins on Friday night. Based out of Invercargill, the best rally drivers in the country head back to some iconic roads that were once a staple of the national

By the numbers – Google Grant’s key stats for Southern Lights Rally

WELCOME BACK SOUTHLAND: After a 20 year break and with the aid of the enthusiastic team of the MotorSportNZ Award Winning R2G (Race Rally Group), led by Tony McConachy and Paul Fallon, the NZRC makes a well overdue return to the fast challenging roads of The Deep South. A BIT OF HISTORY: 2004 was the

Stokes in unfamiliar territory as series leader

Robbie Stokes heads south for round three of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in an unfamiliar position – he has the target on his back. Stokes leads the championship for the first time in his career after back-to-back second place finishes and takes a slender four-point buffer over two-time champion Ben

Four-way battle to resume at Southern Lights Rally

The four-way battle at the front of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is set to reignite in the cold of the deep south at the Southern Lights Rally in a fortnight. Championship leader Robbie Stokes, two-time national champ Ben Hunt, Otago Rally winner Jack Hawkeswood and WRC star Hayden Paddon are

How the Cameron’s became NZRC’s popularity winners

Husband and wife crew Mike and Helen Cameron are arguably as recognisable as any competitors in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship despite often being the last car on the road. The Cameron’s epitomise everything that is good in rallying, always smiling, always showcasing a friendly spirit and always doing whatever they

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Service Park – Rally Bay of Plenty

We hope everyone enjoyed Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty over the weekend and have enjoyed the 2023 season as a whole. With Dylan Turner and Jack Hawkeswood not competing over the weekend, we are a little light on material this time but there were still plenty of things to look at. SVG is a

Paddon holds off SVG for BOP win, seventh title

Hayden Paddon has won Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty to secure an unprecedented seventh national title in the process, edging Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen by 29.6 seconds. Paddon was battling Raana Horan for the Brian Green Property Group 2023 championship, but an early Horan mishap saw any chance of an upset evaporate. It

Paddon, Horan in shoot-out for 2023 title

Hayden Paddon will chase his seventh national championship while Raana Horan is poised to pick up the spoils if the WRC rally winner has any problems this weekend in the Bay of Plenty. Paddon holds a commanding 14-point lead in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship and needs only to finish the

SVG to compete in final NZ event before US move

Rally fans will have one last chance to see Supercars champion, Bathurst winner and motorsport superstar Shane van Gisbergen on gravel when he tackles Battery Town Rally Bay of Plenty this weekend. Fresh off winning a third Bathurst 1000 crown last weekend alongside fellow Kiwi Richie Stanaway, Van Gisbergen returns to gravel for the final

Rally New Zealand announces co-driver academy class of 2023

Rally New Zealand are proud to announce the six co-drivers who have been selected to participate in the 2023 Rally New Zealand Co-driver Academy, to be held in Auckland on November 3-5. 2023 marks the return of the academy for a fourth edition after a four-year lay off. It sees co-drivers train with experienced professionals

Championship scenarios and contenders – Part 3

As we head to our final event of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship for 2023 we take a look at the overall points situation. Challenge Jeff Ward holds a three-point lead over young rival Zeal Jones. Ward currently holds the tie-break advantage so Jones would need to beat Ward in the

Championship scenarios and contenders – Part 2

This week we take a look at each individual class within the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship to see what the battle looks like heading into the final round. Group A Tim Smith currently holds a nine-point lead, but he is not going to be competing at Bay of Plenty, throwing the

       

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