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FAQs

Q. WHAT IS THE WRC?

A. The FIA World Rally Championship is a global motorsport series organised by the FIA culminating with a champion driver, co-driver and manufacturer. The series consists of 14 events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads. 

Q. HOW DO I BUY TICKETS TO WRC RALLY NEW ZEALAND?

A. Tickets will go on sale in the coming months. Those fans who pre-register will have first opportunity to purchase tickets when they go on-sale.

Q. WHERE WILL THE ROUTE GO?

A. The route will be confirmed in the coming months after approval from the FIA. The route will be accessible from our Auckland based service park, with the location of this to also be announced in the coming months.

Q. WHAT MANUFACTURERS ARE IN THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP?

A. Currently there are manufacturer teams from Toyota, Ford, Citroen and Hyundai in the championship.

Q. WHO WILL HAYDEN PADDON BE DRIVING FOR IN THE 2020 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP?

A. Hayden is an ambassador for Rally New Zealand 2020 and, like you all, we’re eagerly waiting to hear what his plans are for 2020. Hayden is the only kiwi to have won a round of the World Rally Championship (Argentina 2016) and has driven in 80 different WRC events around the world winning 42 stages and reaching the podium 8 times – we’re looking forward to him competing against the world’s best in Auckland next year.

Q. WHY HAS RALLY NEW ZEALAND ENTERED INTO A ONE YEAR DEAL?

A. The WRC is a hotly contested series that cities around the world are looking to be part of. With the support of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development we have secured the event on a one-off basis. Right now, we’ll try and put on the best possible event and then let’s see whether our great roads and kiwi hospitality can convince the WRC Promoter to return.

Q. WHO IS BEHIND RALLY NEW ZEALAND?

A. Rally New Zealand 2020 Ltd is a company owned by Rally New Zealand, which is an organisation owned by car clubs from across New Zealand set up to promote, deliver and foster rally sport in New Zealand.