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Andrew Hawkeswood’s Mazda AP4 car in action at Jack’s Ridge. Photo / Geoff Ridder A handful of local rally drivers got a sneak test of the new purpose-built Jack’s Ridge stage in South Auckland earlier this week. Pukekohe’s Dylan Turner (Audi AP4), Papakura’s Kingsley Jones (Skoda R5), Cambridge’s Anthony Jones (Millington powered Escort) and Brookby’s...
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Rally New Zealand organisers have today announced two exciting new events, the City of Auckland Rally and the Battle of Jack’s Ridge to be staged in November. The event will comprise the stages that were planned for the World Rally Championship event both north and east of the city. The City of Auckland Rally will...
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Rally New Zealand organisers today confirmed that the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship event in and around Auckland in September has been cancelled due to the ongoing challenges with the Covid-19 pandemic.  With three months until the planned return of the WRC event, but with the New Zealand borders remaining closed to international visitors for...
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WRC 9 developers Nacon and its development studio KT Racing have revealed the first gameplay video from New Zealand, one of three new destinations that will feature in WRC 9. The latest edition of the official video game, set for release on 3 September on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC from the Epic Games...
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Rally New Zealand is continuing to prepare to host a leg of the World Rally Championships in Auckland in September. Of course there is currently major global uncertainty affecting everyone, including the 2020 World Rally Championship. Over the coming weeks we will continue to liaise closely with local and central government agencies as well as...
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Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino in action in their Ford Escot RS Cosworth at the 2019 International Rally of Whangarei. [Photo: Geoff Ridder] “We are thrilled that Ken Block will be part of Rally New Zealand this year,” says Michael Goldstein, CEO, Rally New Zealand 2020 Ltd. “We are also delighted to welcome Ford...
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Hayden Paddon, Mayor Phil Goff and Rally NZ CEO Michael Goldstein. Photo: Brett Phibbs
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The 2020 season will see the return of New Zealand alongside Rally Japan and the highly anticipated Safari Rally in Kenya. Spain, France and Australia are omitted at the expense of the returning rallies in what is still a 14-round calendar. 
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I’m quite confident that New Zealand will manage to organize a top level event. I have no doubts. The sporting side will be on the highest possible level, because after so many years the knowledge and the expertise — how to organize rallying on a world-class level — is within the country.
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The FIA today announced the World Rally Championship calendar for the 2020 season, following an e-vote by the World Motor Sport Council this week. The 2020 calendar, comprised of 14 rounds.
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