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Stokes to re-think approach after Hawke’s Bay

A devastated Robbie Stokes thinks he learned some harsh lessons at Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s Bay last month and is vowing to come back a better driver. The talented youngster slipped off the road twice in the tricky conditions while demonstrating speed capable of winning the event. He went off on the final corner

Thomson concedes pace disadvantage

Dylan Thomson will go into the double-header round at Rally New Zealand with one hand on the NZRC 2WD title of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship but he knows the points table is misleading. Thomson holds an 11-point lead over Bryn Jones after round four – the Kennedy Park Resort Hawke’s

From the Service Park – Rally Hawke’s Bay

It was another enjoyable and successful weekend of rallying at the Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s Bay. Our NZRC team were out in force to find these latest news gems for you. What we love about the sport How about the camaraderie in the NZRC? The look of genuine disappointment on Ben Hunt’s face when

Hunt survives conditions to score Hawke’s Bay win

Ben Hunt has survived a throttle issue and some treacherous conditions to win the Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s Bay and boost his chances in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship. Hunt struggled earlier in the day to match the pace of Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen but inherited the lead on

Balance of power debate to be settled at Hawke’s Bay

Some of the debate surrounding the balance of power at the front of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship field will be settled at this weekend’s fourth round in Hawke’s Bay. The addition of Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen at Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s Bay has thrown a cat among the

Malcolm Stewart’s legacy lives on at Hawke’s Bay

The memory of one of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand rallying’s favourite sons Malcolm Stewart will live on at next weekend’s Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s Bay. Stewart’s old Mitsubishi EVO IV will contest the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, sporting the number 1 that Stewart ran in

From the Service Park special – Far North Rally

While it wasn't a round of the 2022 national championship there were plenty of championship front runners in action. Plus the NZRC Live team were there to dig some dirt. He’s back!!! Oh how we’ve missed Dylan Turner from recent events – this column has largely survived on a solid dose of Turner-isms and his

SVG confirmed for Rally Hawke’s Bay

Supercars ace Shane van Gisbergen will contest round four of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in Hawke’s Bay later this month. The reigning Supercars champion will compete at Repco Rally New Zealand later in the year and has confirmed he will take part in the one-day Kennedy Park Resort Rally Hawke’s

Paddon triumphs in South Canterbury

Hayden Paddon has completed a third successive victory in the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship and has taken care of what he can control before heading off overseas. The ex-WRC rally winner has maximum championship points after taking victory by over four minutes in his Hyundai New Zealand i20AP4 at the Stadium

Title fight all on in South Canterbury

This weekend’s third round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in Timaru shapes as perhaps the most defining of the season so far. With the championship delicately poised and current points leader Hayden Paddon set to head overseas after the weekend, the results of Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury could well

Bawden racing the clock for South Canterbury

Todd Bawden is racing the clock to get his Ford Fiesta R5 ready for this weekend’s Stadium Finance Rally South Canterbury after a 140km/hr crash on the weekend. Bawden suffered a jammed throttle that sent him hurtling off the road, rolling twice at last weekend’s Tauranga Rallysprint. His Online Contractors Ford Fiesta wasn’t too badly

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

       

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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.