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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 - Subaru NZ gifts WRX STI to rally driver Ben Hunt

Subaru brand ambassador Ben Hunt is now the official owner of the purpose-built Subaru WRX STI rally car.

Subaru of New Zealand gifted ownership to him after three years in this production-based model.

Subaru have been sponsoring Hunt since the end of 2013. In recognition of his rallying talents, he was taken on as a brand ambassador in 2015. The company offered him the use of a brand-new production model Subaru WRX STI, which he had converted to a rally car.

His Hunt Motorsports team, alongside Speedhub Motorsport, spent countless hours transforming the Subaru WRX ...    more...

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 - Winmax signs on for 2019 Otago Classic Rally

Winmax Brakes and Paddon Rallysport have signed on as the naming rights sponsor for the 2019 Otago Classic Rally.

The new partnership is great news for the rally, and also coincides with Hayden Paddon's announcement that he will contest the 2019 Otago Rally in his Hyundai i20 AP4+.

"We're delighted to welcome Winmax Brakes and Paddon Rallysport to the family of supporters for the Otago Rally," event spokesman, Roger Oakley, said.

"Winmax are the first choice for many competitors at all levels of the sport and we are proud to be associated with such a ...    more...

Fri, 21 Dec 2018 - The iconic International Rally of Whangarei returns for 2019

The 2019 International Rally of Whangarei is shaping up to be a great international event.

The 2019 event will include a re-invigorated Clubmans event (ROW), a new classic 2wd class run to the Otago Classic rules and changes to the FIA APRC event, to cater to all teams and spectators. The recent changes to the APRC for 2019 (reg’s released soon) provide our NZ crews a huge opportunity to do the first two rounds of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship and qualify for the final in India, the shootout for the crown of 2019 Asia ...    more...

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 - Big plans for 25th anniversary Targa event and year

It’s been a big year for New Zealand marathon motorsport event organiser the Ultimate Rally Group (URG). But you won’t find company CEO and Targa/Silver Fern Rally Event Director Peter Martin taking a break any time soon.

Martin has just announced the dates and basic details for his two big 2019 Targa events and is also well-advanced on plans for the next (biennial) NZ Silver Fern Rally in 2020.

“It’s just the name of the game,” Martin said on Monday. “We’re getting more and more ...    more...

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - Hyundai Motorsport fine-tunes its WRC line-up for 2019
Hyundai Motorsport has announced that Spaniard Dani Sordo and Frenchman Sébastien Loeb will compete for the team in the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Nine-time WRC champion Loeb has signed a two-year contract that will see him contest six rounds of the 2019 season in a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC alongside co-driver Daniel Elena
Sordo will remain a Hyundai Motorsport driver for the sixth consecutive season, joining co-driver Carlos del Barrio for eight events.    more...
Sat, 8 Dec 2018 - Fans get their wish, as Østberg to return

Rally fans have got their wish, with World Rally Championship star, Mads Østberg, confirmed as the international guest at next year’s Otago Classic Rally.

For the second year running, Østberg will drive a Rossendale Rally Team Ford Escort RS1800 as he attempts to win the coveted event for the first time.

The Norwegian has just completed a hugely successful season for the factory Citroen Racing squad in the WRC.

Despite only a limited program, 31-year old Østberg outperformed his team-mates to finish as the team’s leading ...    more...

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