Brother Rally New Zealand unites 22 nations 11 Jun 2012
- Kauri Runners Growing Coromandel Living
- Red Bull Drift Shifters is Back! Living
- Commonwealth Silver Medallist at NZ's Largest Cycling Event Living
- Auckland City Toyota Partners With Bike the Bridge Living
- Laurie All the Way at Equidays Sport
- Achilles announced as charity partner: Round the Bays Living
- King rules again at Poverty Bay Show Living
- Henare makes it three-in-a-row at Gisborne Sport
- Young guns get their moment at Ellesmere Show Living
- Results from the Poverty Bay A and P Shears at Gisborne Living
Brother Rally New Zealand
Round 7, 2012 FIA World Rally Championship – 21 to 24 June 2012
Round 4, 2012 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powered by Brother
11 June 2012
Brother Rally New Zealand unites 22 nations
Drivers from 22 different nations will line-up to start Brother Rally New Zealand from 21 to 24 June, demonstrating the truly global nature of the event that will use roads in Northland, Kaipara, Raglan and Auckland regions.
Those drivers will come to New Zealand from vastly different parts of the globe – many from the modern home of rallying in Europe but also from as far away as the United States of America, South America, Asia and the Middle East.
"It truly is an international event in every sense of the word," says Peter (PJ) Johnston, chairman, Brother Rally New Zealand organising committee.
"Aside from manufacturer teams here representing some of the world's biggest automobile companies there are drivers, co-drivers, management, crew and spectators from all around the globe on our soil for a week,” Johnston says.
"Not only is it important for New Zealand's tourist industry they all have a good time but it puts us front and centre of the world stage where we get to showcase all the reasons why we're significant."
France’s eight-time reigning World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb headlines the international field, though he will receive strong challenges from the likes of teammate Mikko Hirvonen of Finland, fellow Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, Norway’s Petter Solberg, Spaniard Dani Sordo, Russia’s Yvgeny Novikov and young Estonian Ott Tänak. Adding to the cultural diversity, American Ken Block, Brazil’s Paulo Nobre and Belgium’s Thierry Neuville are also included at the top of the entry-list.
Despite the huge number of foreign drivers entered in this year’s rally, there won’t be any of our friends from Australia competing. For as long as Brother Rally New Zealand has been running, drivers from the other side of the Tasman sea have been attempting to conquer the scenic but challenging roads so vastly different to their homeland. New South Wales based Bruce Hodgson and co-driver Mike Mitchell are the only Australian’s to have their name etched on the trophy having won in 1971 driving a Ford Cortina-Lotus. Australia’s now 41-year long wait for a second victory will have to continue.
As well as the international contingent of 14 WRC cars, there are 14 in the Super 2000/Production World Rally Championship category (SWRC/PWRC) that includes Geraldine’s Hayden Paddon in the S2000 Skoda Fabia. A further 16 teams round out the field, of which 11 are contesting the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, powered by Brother.
Another feature of this year’s Brother Rally New Zealand is the fact that three notable female drivers will tackle the special stages around the upper North Island. Local star Emma Gilmour from Dunedin has been a regular starter since 2005 and will be joined by British driver Louise Cook, who is driving a Ford Fiesta ST and Swedish driver pairing Ramona Karlsson and Miriam Walfridsson in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X.
The teams first get together this coming Sunday 17 June where many of them will be taking part in the autograph session being held at the Rally Family Day from 12:30pm to 1:40pm inside the Auckland Viaduct Events Centre. A free-to-attend day, it includes a variety of educating and display activities before the venue is transformed in to the rally village – used by the teams as their home base for the week.
On the Monday all competitors begin event reconnaissance of the rally route, which will take two-and-a-half days. Then on Thursday 21 June a ticketed welcome function will officially open the event where the WRC drivers will select their starting positions based on their qualifying stage times. A new MotorExpo and FanZone will operate inside rally headquarters at the Viaduct Events Centre throughout Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June. Entry is free and alongside great vehicle displays and interactive entertainment, fans can watch the only big screen television showing live rally footage from out on the course. Numerous prime and other spectator viewing areas offer excellent opportunities to watch the high speed action in person across all three days of the event. Sunday’s action includes the free-for-everyone Auckland Domain super special stage before the ceremonial finish at 3:30pm near the Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland’s waterfront.
Detailed spectator and ticket information and current news is available on the event website www.rallynz.org.nz or follow the event on Facebook or Twitter.
19 Oct 2014 Politics
New Zealand Labour Party Labour Names Review Team Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its ... more
18 Oct 2014 News
The Nation Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag Lisa Owen: Welcome... more
17 Oct 2014 Business News
Oct. 17 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand needs to lift its retirement age and take advantage of an adaptable workforce before it gets... more
20 Oct 2014 ANZAC
On Thursday 16 October, the NZ-UK Link Foundation held their Inaugural Annual Lecture at the University of London’s Senate... more
16 Oct 2014 Food & Wine
New Zealand’s organic wine industry has scored a major export victory with the announcement that the European Commission... more
15 Oct 2014 Property
The Resource Management Act needs to explicitly recognise the importance of New Zealanders’ access to more affordable housing... more
30 Sep 2014 Migration
There are thousands of expats living in the UK who are aiming for permanent residency status and, eventually, a British passport. But... more
10 Oct 2014 Travel & Tourism
By Paul McBeth Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand guest nights were largely flat in August from a month earlier as a gain... more
19 Oct 2014 Sport
New Master Woolhandler Joel Henare continued an unbeaten start to the new shearing sports season with a triumphant homecoming in ... more
16 Oct 2014 Opinion
Gordon Campbell on New Zealand getting involved (again) in other peoples wars Apparently, the Key government is still... more
15 Oct 2014 Opinion
The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the ... more
17 Oct 2014 Appointments
Institute Of Directors Local businessman Brian Corban was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors yesterday, in a... more
13 Oct 2014 Appointments
Article - BusinessDesk Kiwi Income Property reshuffles executive positions By Suze Metherell Oct. 13 (BusinessDesk) - Kiwi... more
9 Oct 2014 Recruitment
Te Runanga o Ngati Awa is widening its scope in the hunt for directors for the Whakatane based iwi authority’s commercial arm... more