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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Little separating contenders in the Historic 2WD battle

The Historic 2WD battle at the Mark Cromie Motor Group International Rally of Whangarei was epic and literally came down to the last few corners of the final stage. After trailing John Silcock through all of the two-day event’s stages, Anthony Jones managed to over-turn a 0.8 second deficit after the penultimate stage into a

From the Service Park – Rally of Whangarei

Forget something? Lukas Ramsay arrived at his car on Saturday morning, eager to get his rally underway only to realise he had forgotten something – his steering wheel. The youngster had taken the steering wheel back to his hotel room for the night and forgot it when he dashed out on Saturday morning. Kris Kross

Paddon triumphs in Whangarei, successful debut for Clendon

Defending champion Hayden Paddon has cruised to another comprehensive Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship win after blitzing the field at the Mark Cromie Motor Group International Rally of Whangarei. Paddon took a six minute and 14 second win in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 to score a second straight maximum points win

Paddon dominates day one in Whangarei

WRC rally winner Hayden Paddon continued where he left off in Otago as he stormed to a dominant overnight lead in the Mark Cromie Motor Group International Rally of Whangarei on Saturday. Paddon held a lead of over three minutes 40 in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4 and won all eight of the day’s

Stokes unable to start with fuel line issue

The uber-talented Robbie Stokes was the major casualty in a drama-filled opening to the Mark Cromie Motor Group International Rally of Whangarei on Friday night. Stokes, one of the pre-event favourites, suffered a fuel line problem in his Team Hutchinson Ford Fiesta AP4 and was unable to start either of the two runs through the

Hawkeswood recovers to start Whangarei

Talented youngster Jack Hawkeswood has shaken off an illness to take his place at the start of Mark Cromie Motor Group International Rally of Whangarei which serves as round two of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. The Toyota Yaris driver was hospitalised earlier this week with a gastro bug and the

Sun, new layout and epic battle predicted for Whangarei

Stunning weather, new stage layouts and a battle royale at the front of the field is expected at this weekend’s Mark Cromie Motor Group International Rally of Whangarei. The second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship promises to be a tight affair with ex-WRC winner and reigning national champion Hayden

Clendon to unleash new car in Whangarei

Jackson Clendon will unleash his new Rally4 at this weekend’s second round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Clendon will debut his Ford Fiesta Rally4 car at the two-day International Rally of Whangarei and it could have big impact on the NZRC 2WD Championship. Dylan Thomson has dominated the category in

NZRC mourns the passing of Leon Styles, Malcolm McLeod

The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is mourning the loss of two rallying identities in the past few days. Well known competitor Leon Styles passed away on Wednesday after suffering a brain aneurysm he endured while at home. Styles was a popular competitor that was renowned for his generosity and friendliness. Photographer

Star performers – our unsung heroes from Otago

Hayden Paddon rightfully dominated the headlines at Otago Rally after his impressive win but further down the field a few drivers caught our eye. Ben Hunt Hunt unleashed his new Skoda Fabia R5 with a solid yet unspectacular second place. He never put a foot wrong, had to fight back on day one after losing

From the Service Park – Otago Rally

Otago offered up a brilliant start to the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship as always. The weather was perfect, there were some electrifying performances and a stack of content for our From the Service Park segment. Enjoy! Not all heroes wear capes We all know about Andrew Graves’ ability as both a

Paddon bests Hunt and Horan in Otago

Hayden Paddon completed a dominant victory at the Otago Rally in the opening event of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship on Sunday. The WRC rally winner took a clean sweep of stage wins on Sunday in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4 car to a comfortable win over Ben Hunt. Hunt

Paddon leads home Hunt and Gilmour on Saturday

Defending Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally champion Hayden Paddon has claimed day one honours at the Otago Rally despite a couple of dramas in his Hyundai New Zealand i20 AP4. Paddon overcame a driveshaft issue early in the day and survived a late scare in the final stage of the day when one

Maybe the strongest field ever for Otago Rally

The 2022 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship gets under this weekend in deep south with the country’s best rally drivers taking part in the popular Otago Rally. In what is expected to be one of the most open and hotly contested championships in recent memory, at least 10 drivers figure to be

Huge numbers for 2022 NZRC with tight battle predicted

A massive 2022 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship awaits with a huge number of entries and fierce competition across all classes. A phenomenal 52 entries across 11 different manufacturers will take part at the season-opening Otago Rally later this week. Of that, there are 18 entries in the NZRC 4WD class with

NZRC is a family affair

The Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship is a family affair with a total of 11 crews linked by family ties. In 2022 there are four father and daughter combinations in various cars, two brother and sister combinations, one set of brothers, one husband and wife, one son and father, a pair of

Women competitors make up 40 percent at Otago

McLaren Extreme E factory driver Emma Gilmour headlines a group of women competitors that represents 40 percent of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship field in 2022. Gilmour will find herself fighting for the title this season in her Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki but she will have a number of fellow

From the Service Park – pre-season edition

We got our first real taste of rallying in 2022 with the Ben Nevis Station Golden 1200 over the weekend. While Hayden Paddon was blitzing the field we were busy looking for the latest stories and rumours to keep ourselves busy until the NZRC opener next month. Enjoy! Turner passes the torch Jack Smith did

Date change for 2022 Rally Hawke’s Bay

The 2022 Rally Hawke’s Bay has been brought forward by one week and will now take place on Saturday 23 July. The Hawke’s Bay Car Club, which runs the event, requested the date change and it was confirmed by Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship promoters today. This year will mark the second

Bumper start to 2022 championship entries

The first batch of entries for the 2022 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship are in and some big names have already committed. Defending champion Hayden Paddon will look to add a sixth national championship to his glittering career and has signed up alongside long-time co-driver John Kennard for the 2022 championship in

Changes in store for International Rally of Whangarei

The 2022 International Rally of Whangarei will feature some format changes that will freshen the event up from recent years. Organisers have made some subtle changes that will provide new experiences for competitors while keeping the fabric of the successful event in place. Those changes include a new layout for the Pohe Island Super Special

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

       

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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.