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SIXT revs up for Rally!

After a 10-year hiatus, the FIA World Rally Championship is back on Kiwi shores and this year it’s powered by SIXT.

SIXT is the official New Mobility Partner of Repco Rally New Zealand for 2022. The 33rd edition of the WRC hits Kiwi roads in September with SIXT providing the horsepower for fans to get amongst the action.

Driven to deliver exciting automotive experiences and with a long history backing Kiwi motorsport, SIXT is the perfect partner to be powering this year’s Rally event.

The partnership will put Kiwi rally fans in the driver’s seat with SIXT serving up an exclusive offer to experience the latest and greatest in motoring. Kicking off June 14 when tickets for the event go on sale, Rally fans can get up to 15% off all SIXT rentals and will receive a Rally Supporters Pack with every booking.

Whether fans want to experience the best in electric performance with the Audi e-tron, Polestar 2, or Volkswagen’s iconic R range or they’re seeking an off-road expert like the Land Rover Defender, SIXT has drivers sorted.

For fans that want to fuel their need for speed a little longer, SIXT’s subscription option offers ultimate flexibility with all-inclusive monthly rolling packages. Every SIXT subscription booking made via the Repco Rally of New Zealand site from 14 June will get a motorsport helmet signed by Greg Murphy and Hayden Paddon.

Michael Goldstein, CEO of Repco Rally of NZ says the organisation couldn’t be happier to have SIXT in the fold for 2022.

“Our event is all about pushing the limits to discover the ultimate in performance and innovation and the team at SIXT wholeheartedly share this passion,” says Goldstein.

With a wide range of premium, EV and luxury vehicles available from one day to one year, SIXT is streets ahead of the rest in responding to the demands of a modern driver.

Dane Fisher, CEO of SIXT New Zealand believes Kiwis are wising up to the smart and flexible alternatives to vehicle purchasing and long-term leases. It’s a global trend that is relevant here more than ever before.

“The last two years have changed so much in our lives, and it’s become apparent that people don’t want to be tied down to something that might not suit them in six months or a year,” says Fisher.

“Drivers now want flexibility, and our offering provides just that. Whether people are on an electrification journey, their family dynamics are changing, or they just want new wheels for a getaway we have a solution for as little or as long as they like.”

From an environmental perspective it’s also a perfect fit – SIXT boasts the largest range of electric rental and subscription vehicles in New Zealand and all 2022 Rally1 cars will be the first ever plug in hybrid powered vehicles, from the same company that supplies hybrid components to formula E, Formula 1.

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As a Rally fan we’ve got a super special Subscription offer just for you. Sign up to a Subscription before the 31st July and receive a signed Rally Race Helmet by motorsport legend Greg Murphy. How cool is that! So click on the buttons below, check out our awesome range and drive excited with SIXT! T’s and C’s Apply. – How? Click the blue Jaguar above to find out how!

International Tour Packages are Live:

After a 10 year hiatus and two years of closed borders, Auckland – Tamaki Makaurau welcomes The return of the WRC in 2022 and our international guests.

Global fans of The FIA World Rally Championship can now secure the once in a life time trip to The Repco Rally of New Zealand WRC.

Culture, excitement, memories and some of the world’s best Rally Roads host our global Audience Sept 29 – October 2nd

Full tour packages start at $2990 twin share and are available now.

To enquire and join us click the button below

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World Rally Championship – Free-to-air broadcast partner

MEDIA RELEASE 

12 MAY 2022 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spark Sport confirms free-to-air broadcast partner for FIA World Rally Championship and brand-new motorsport series

Spark Sport has announced today that Warner Bros. Discovery NZ will be the exclusive New Zealand free-to-air broadcast partner for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) when it returns to Aotearoa from 29 September to 2 October this year. 

Up to 80 million fans in 150 countries globally will watch live coverage of the three-day WRC Repco Rally New Zealand event in and around Auckland. It will form round 11 of the 13-round WRC season and the first time back on New Zealand’s acclaimed gravel rally roads in a decade.

Every stage will be broadcast live on Spark Sport with the final stages on each of the three days of the event live on Three and Three Now.

Additionally, Repco Rally New Zealand organisers are producing a brand-new motorsport series, “Pace Notes, the Road to Repco Rally New Zealand 2022” which will be available on Spark Sport.

Starting on Sunday 15 May, the new series will feature 12 shows hosted by motorsport commentator, Greg Rust with appearances from Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon and Rally New Zealand Marketing Director, Brendon White. The series will run fortnightly delving into the latest and greatest motorsport news from around the globe as it follows the 50th season of WRC, as well as insights into the New Zealand event.  

Head of Spark Sport Jeff Latch says: “As the official New Zealand broadcaster of the FIA World Rally Championship, we’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery NZ to bring rally fans the highly anticipated Auckland edition of WRC both on our platform and through our free-to-air partner. 

“There’ll be a real buzz at the Wynyard Quarter rally village come 29 September and we’re excited to bring that hype to screens all around the country both live and on-demand on Spark Sport and on Three.” 

Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Discovery, Australia and New Zealand, Glen Kyne says: “Having partnered with Spark to be the free-to-air broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup later this year, we’re chuffed to be adding the World Rally Championship to the schedule. Motorsport fans will be thrilled to have this event back on our shores and available to watch live on Three and ThreeNow. I’ve no doubt Tāmaki Makaurau will turn on a spectacular event.”

Philipp Maenner, WRC Promoter’s Senior Director Media Rights says: “The WRC has been away from New Zealand for 10 years and we’re thrilled to be coming back to Auckland this season. The scenery is stunning and the action will be hot – what’s not to like! We’re delighted that New Zealand fans can watch full coverage of all WRC rounds on Spark Sport, our official WRC broadcast partner, throughout the season, and to also have Warner Bros. Discovery NZ on board as our free-to-air TV partner for Repco Rally New Zealand.

Repco Rally New Zealand CEO, Michael Goldstein says broadcast partnerships with Spark Sport and Three Sport will bring the excitement of the FIA World Rally Championship into the living rooms of all New Zealanders.

“Rallying is in our DNA. Not only will our event bring the best drivers and fastest rally cars to our famed roads, now the greatest show on gravel will be available for all Kiwis.

“We are thrilled to have both Spark Sport and Three Sport partnering with the WRC and Repco Rally New Zealand and look forward to working with all our partners to make this a truly special homecoming of the WRC to New Zealand.”

To catch all of the World Rally Championship action live and on-demand, sign up at https://www.sparksport.co.nz/.

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For media enquiries contact:

Brooke Hurndell

Corporate Relations Partner

+64273654792Brooke.hurndell@spark.co.nz

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REPCO Rally New Zealand to bring event and fan base to heart of Auckland

After a decade long wait, the World Rally Championship is not only heading back to New Zealand, but to the heart of its biggest city. 

Rally New Zealand, which will be part of the FIA World Rally Championship for the 32nd time, today announced that the event, to be held from 29 September to 2 October 2022, will be located on Auckland’s waterfront with its fan zone the REPCO Rally Village and service park utilising Silo Park and the bases on Wynyard Point in Wynyard Quarter.   

A global television audience of over 80 million will watch on as the world’s best drivers navigate some iconic New Zealand landscapes all from a central service base in the heart of Auckland city. 

The world’s best rally drivers will be returning to race on what many consider the best rallying roads in the world. They are led by some emerging and exciting drivers who will face off against our best including Hayden Paddon and Emma Gilmour. Huge intrigue remains over whether French rally legends Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier, who have won 17 world championships between them and committed to a part-time schedule in 2022, will make the trip to Auckland.

“The event has been five years in the making and there has been an extraordinary amount of hard work and discussions to bring the WRC back to New Zealand,” said Michael Goldstein, CEO of Rally New Zealand.

“Now we are pulling out all stops to put on a great show and bring the rally to the people. Today we are excited to announce that we are bringing on board an invaluable partner in REPCO as the naming sponsor and we’re excited for the REPCO Rally Village and service park to be located in Wynyard Quarter. 

“With our base in this iconic part of the Auckland waterfront, our fans, international guests and the wider public will have incredible access to the WRC show.”

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said he was pleased to confirm that the rally’s service park and the REPCO rally village will be based on Auckland’s waterfront.

“After more than two years with the borders closed to protect New Zealanders against COVID-19, it’s fantastic to see a major international event of this magnitude returning to Auckland,” he says.

“The FIA World Rally Championship will draw thousands of visitors and spectators to our city centre, providing a welcome boost to businesses that have been impacted by the lockdowns and border closures. 

“Spectators, team members and support crews will enjoy not only the rally itself, but also our unique Auckland hospitality and stunning downtown waterfront.”

For naming sponsor REPCO, bringing the WRC back to New Zealand is especially poignant. 

“REPCO is 100 years young this year,” said Louise Sixton, General Manager Repco NZ. “It’s not every year you put 100 laps on the clock, sharing the passion with New Zealand race fans for a century. 

“To celebrate turning a “ton”, we’re making 2022 the biggest year for motorsport in New Zealand ever. 

“REPCO is supporting both the Repco Supercars Championship and, for the first time in 14 years, the Repco Rally of New Zealand. It’s going to be a great year and we have big plans to bring the event to life with Rally New Zealand across all 87 Repco branches nationwide, and in the REPCO Rally Village.”

The emblematic automotive parts and accessories retailer has previously backed Rally New Zealand’s Repco Battle of Jack’s Ridge event 18 months ago, won by star New Zealand driver, Shane van Gisbergen.

“It is fantastic to have REPCO along for the ride. They are synonymous with motorsport from the days of the Repco Brabham Formula One team all the way to their sponsorship of our awesome Battle of Jack’s Ridge event 18 months ago, said Goldstein.

“REPCO share our energy and passion for the sport and above all have a desire to help to reconnect kiwi fans with this monumental global motorsport championship.”

Rally New Zealand organisers will make further announcements in the coming weeks in relation to the rally route.  

Fans attending the World Rally Championship round in Auckland this September can purchase early-bird Rally Gold Pass tickets now at www.rallynewzealand.com with very limited numbers remaining within the early bird release. Further ticket detailed will be released following the confirmation of the event route.  

International fans are encouraged to visit www.wrctoursnz.com to enquire about a customised tour package where through the official tour partner they’ll see the best of Rally New Zealand. Details: www.rallynewzealand.com

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CALLING VOLUNTEERS!

CALLING VOLUNTEERS! It’s been 10 years in the making, and for the first time since 2012 the stars are back to rally the best roads in the world! But the WRC can’t run in New Zealand without an army of volunteers. With the 29th of September getting closer every day, we need every superstar to help make our event shine and to show the world the Kiwi hospitality that we have on offer.

We need volunteers from every walk of life to build our team and to join our family. From being an information star and guiding the public through our event, to being a part of our safety or spectator team out on the stages, or helping in the media centre, we have roles to suit everyone. 

Visit www.rallynewzealand.com to sign up to volunteer today. Volunteers will get Rally NZ merchandise as a token of our appreciation, and of course will be up close to all the action of the Rally – it really is an awesome opportunity to get involved in a major event.

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Rally New Zealand welcomes international fans

Rally New Zealand organisers are buzzing with the news today that international fans will be welcomed into the country when the FIA World Rally Championship returns later this year.

The World Rally Championship will be one of the first global sporting codes to host an event in New Zealand following today’s announcement by the Government that border restrictions will be lifted.

It means that the FIA World Rally Championship can return with certainty and host the 11th round of the 2022 world championship in and around Auckland from 29 September to 2 October.

“Rally New Zealand will attract close to 1,000 competitors, team personnel, media and organisers to New Zealand. With the news today that the border will reopen we can’t wait to also welcome motorsport fans from around the world to Auckland.” said Rally New Zealand CEO Michael Goldstein.

“We have a specialist Rally Tours partner and encourage our international fans to get in contact to ensure their visit to Auckland and New Zealand is a memorable one. With ten years between world championship rounds we look forward to welcoming new generations of motorsport fans down under to watch the world’s best drivers compete on the world’s best rally roads.”

Fans attending the World Rally Championship round in Auckland this September can purchase limited early bird Rally Gold Pass tickets now at www.rallynewzealand.com.International fans are encouraged to visit www.wrctoursnz.com to enquire about a customised tour package where through the official tour partner they’ll see the very best of Rally New Zealand.

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Hyundai New Zealand and Paddon back WRC Rally New Zealand

Hyundai New Zealand is backing Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon to compete in this year’s WRC Rally New Zealand in Auckland, part of the FIA World Rally Championship.

His long-time backers, Hyundai New Zealand have also signed on as elite sponsors of the event which returns to the World Rally Championship for the 32nd time, to be staged in and around Auckland from 29 September to 2 October.

Paddon and long-time co-driver John Kennard will compete in a Hyundai i20N Rally2 car in selected events of the WRC2 category of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship under the Hyundai New Zealand Rally banner. They will extend to a full seven-event campaign in 2023 aimed at winning the WRC2 Championship.

The team’s 2022 WRC2 schedule gets underway at Rally Estonia which runs 14-17 July, followed by Rally Finland 4-7 August before returning to contest Rally New Zealand.

Hayden Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand are backing this year’s Rally New Zealand event.

“I can’t wait to compete on the awesome roads of Rally New Zealand again and show what the Rally2 car is capable of,” said Paddon.

The announcement of Hyundai New Zealand and Paddon’s WRC2 campaign comes at the same time as Hyundai New Zealand announced its support of the 2022 running of Rally New Zealand.

Paddon adds: “Without the support of Hyundai New Zealand, both our WRC2 campaign and the general health of rallying in New Zealand would not be where it is today, so I am hugely humbled for their faith in us to attempt to bring home a world title. And, of course, the return of WRC Rally New Zealand will be exciting for everyone, being a key ‘must do’ sporting event in New Zealand this year.”

Looking ahead to Rally New Zealand at the end of September, Chris Blair, General Manager of Hyundai New Zealand, is looking forward to a stronger Hyundai presence at this iconic, world-class event.

“This will be the first Rally New Zealand that Hyundai will compete in with not one, but two Hyundai teams – Hyundai Motorsport in WRC1 and Hyundai New Zealand Rally in WRC2,” says Blair.

“It’s set to be a really exciting year for Hyundai New Zealand with our announcement that we’re competing in a two-year WRC2 campaign with Hayden, John and the team, as well as sponsoring Rally New Zealand, an event we are so excited to see return to our shores.”

Hyundai New Zealand has been committed to rallying in New Zealand for many years and Rally New Zealand organisers are thrilled to have their support, along with Paddon acting as an ambassador for the event and competing on his home turf.

“The team at Hyundai New Zealand have been right behind us every step of the way as we’ve lobbied to bring the WRC back to New Zealand and we’re hugely grateful for their persistence and ongoing support through some challenging times,” says Michael Goldstein, CEO Rally New Zealand.

“We are all full of admiration for their ambition to create a kiwi team that will take on the world of rallying. We wish Hyundai New Zealand Rally Team and Hayden the very best of luck and hope they come into Rally New Zealand, Auckland with some great results under their belt.”

Limited Rally Gold Pass tickets to Rally New Zealand are available now at www.rallynewzealand.com

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Accor along for the ride as Rally New Zealand Gold Pass tickets go on sale

Organisers today are excited to announce to our loyal fans that Gold Pass tickets for Rally New Zealand will go on sale this Wednesday.

This week Gold Pass tickets to Rally New Zealand have been launched to the public with limited early bird tickets priced at $185. A Gold Pass includes access to all spectator areas on every day of Rally New Zealand including priority viewing areas and priority parking throughout the event. 

Motorsport fans are encouraged to get in quick to secure their gold pass tickets to Rally New Zealand in its highly anticipated return to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar, to be held in Auckland from September 29 to October 2.

“We are excited to launch our gold pass tickets for Rally New Zealand and we look forward to welcoming fans to a festival of rallying in Auckland later this year,” said Michael Goldstein, CEO of Rally New Zealand. 

“Gold Pass holders will have access across the entire event – with our route set to be announced in the coming weeks. If you’re traveling for the rally this is the ticket for you, with priority viewing and parking throughout the event.”

Additionally, Rally New Zealand is thrilled to welcome ALL – Accor Live Limitless as the official accommodation partner for the event.  

ALL joins the growing family of sponsors backing Rally New Zealand and with 12 14 Auckland properties is set to throw the doors open to literally thousands of motorsport fans this September. 

“Our Accor hotels are thrilled to support WRC Rally New Zealand.  After over two years, it’s fantastic to be welcoming back events to Auckland and showcasing New Zealand to the world.  We look forward to welcoming guests to stay and experience such an internationally renowned event,” said Iain Ganner, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Accor New Zealand“.  

“With hotels across Auckland, Accor Live Limitless is a perfect partner for the event. Collectively we look forward to welcoming not only the 800-strong contingent amongst the WRC teams but also thousands of spectators set to travel to Auckland to stay at Accor when visiting our event, ” said Goldstein. 

“After the huge disruption to major events over the last two years, we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from across New Zealand and around the world to what promises to be a sensational major event to celebrate Auckland’s reconnection to the world.”  

Further announcements about the route for Rally New Zealand along with daily ticket options will be made in the coming months.  

For full ticket details: www.rallynewzealand.com

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WRC Rally New Zealand 2022 partners with Flicket for Ticketing and Data solutions

Fans attending the World Rally Championship round in Auckland this September will able to purchase tickets and VIP packages directly from Rally New Zealand thanks to an exclusive partnership announced today with Flicket.

The disruptive white-label ticketing and data solutions provider has signed an exclusive deal with Rally New Zealand to help deliver this historic homecoming of the World Rally Championship.

“We are excited to partner with an ambitious New Zealand owned and operated company that has a strong focus on providing excellent customer experiences,” said Michael Goldstein, CEO of Rally New Zealand.

“Flicket enables us to directly connect with our fans whilst giving us the ability to activate our data in a smarter and more effective way.”

Flicket Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ben Calvert, says “The team is thrilled to be working with Rally New Zealand. It’s clear they have a focus on delivering a world-class experience for all involved and we are proud to play our part.”

Fans are encouraged to pre-register for tickets here https://arep.co/p/wrc-rally-new-zealand-1

First ticket release is tomorrow at 8pm via www.rallynewzealand.com where fans will be able to buy their Rally Gold Pass providing access throughout the event. 

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WIN THE ULTIMATE WRC RALLY NZ VIP EXPERIENCE

WRC Rally New Zealand Launches The Ultimate Fan Prize. WRC Rally New Zealand is excited to launch pre-registration for our Rally Gold Pass tickets where one lucky fan could with the ultimate VIP experience.

Fans are encouraged to register now to have first access to tickets, with limited numbers of Rally Gold Passes set to go on sale on the 3rd of March. Every fan that pre-registers will automatically go in the draw to win an incredible VIP experience at Rally New Zealand including flights, rental car, accommodation at an Accor Hotel, and VIP tickets.

Pre-register via the link below and share via social – the more your share, the more chance you have to win! To earn points as a top rally fan, refer friends, follow and get access to limited presale tickets, top point scorers unlock prizes!

The Rally New Zealand team are fizzed to send you this ticket offer, make sure you have 29 September, 2022 etched in your diaries! Ultimate VIP Experience – Flights for two people from anywhere in NZ – 3 nights accommodation thanks to Accor – Car rental – VIP tickets to Rally New Zealand Auckland

Rally New Zealand Auckland is set to make its 32nd appearance on the WRC – FIA World Rally Championship calendar. A decade since it was last staged and two years after the pandemic prevented an historic return of Rally New Zealand, Auckland has been confirmed to host a round of the 2022 World Rally Championship across its region.

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Gilmour and Vantage Windows Doors sign-up to Rally New Zealand – Auckland

Outstanding Kiwi driver Emma Gilmour today signed on as the first driver to commit to WRC Rally New Zealand in Auckland, part of the FIA World Rally Championship this year.

The WRC will return for the 32nd time to New Zealand with the 11th round of the 2022 world championships to be staged in and around Auckland from 29 September to 2 October.

Gilmour, is one of New Zealand’s best rally drivers having finished runner-up in the New Zealand Rally Championships three times, and was the first female to win a round of the championship along with being a runner-up in a round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship.

Along with Gilmour is the announcement that her long-time sponsor Vantage Windows & Doors (a brand of APL Window Solutions) has signed on as the event’s first elite sponsor.

The company has supported rallying in New Zealand for more than 25 years including past versions of WRC Rally New Zealand. They also back two-time national champion Ben Hunt.  

“It is very fitting for Emma to sign on as our first entry, not just because of her successful background in the sport but also as she begins an exciting global role as driver for the famous McLaren Racing in the global Extreme E Series,” said WRC Rally New Zealand Auckland chairman, Peter Johnston.

“Our team is hard at work planning for a return of the WRC to the best rally roads in the world, but we need the support of drivers like Emma, and of course her sponsors Vantage who are such wonderful supporters of our sport.

“An event like the WRC and our sport just does not happen without the backing and generosity of brands like Vantage.”

Gilmour is equally pleased with the return of the WRC to Auckland.

“It’s very exciting to have the pinnacle of world rallying returning to New Zealand. It’s a cliché line but our roads are the best in the world to rally on. They’re smooth – so they don’t break the car, the roads have camber which allows the car a lot more grip and gives the best sensation when dancing the car at high speed from corner to corner and jumping over the camber,” said Gilmour.

“We have great support for the event with a huge motorsport passion in New Zealand so there will be lots of fans out on the stages.”

Gilmour acknowledges that she owes much to the support from Vantage. 

“I feel very honoured to represent such a great New Zealand brand who has supported me through both the highs and the lows of my career to date.”

Group CEO Craig Vincent (head of the APL group), former co-driver for the late Possum Bourne, said his company is delighted to support both the drivers and the event.

“Emma has represented the brand for 17 years and the Vantage WRC car has become a bit of a cult with the fans and more recently Ben Hunt has also joined the Vantage team,” said Vincent.

“We are very proud to be coming on board to assist bringing the WRC back to New Zealand as a major sponsor this year.

“High performance sports are very much a part of the Vantage high performance brand and DNA as we support many sporting codes in New Zealand. Much of this support goes all the way down to grassroots level and to provide for events like the World Rally Championship that bring the public out to watch and enjoy.”

Pre-registration for tickets is now open for the event by signing up to GRAVEL at www.rallynewzealand.com.