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Rally New Zealand (2022)

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29 Sep - 02 Oct
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Gravel Notes Podcast: WRC Rally New Zealand Review

WRC returned for the Repco Rally New Zealand after a ten-year hiatus to see a new world champion crowned.

WRC Rally New Zealand: The Good, The Bad and a new king

New Zealand finally returned to the World Rally Championship at the third time of asking and its perfect gravel roads delivered. Its comeback will forever be etched in history as the place where the WRC crowed its new youngest ever world champion Kalle Rovanpera. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a memorable Rally New Zealand

How Rally New Zealand encapsulated record-breaking Rovanpera’s WRC title charge

Kalle Rovanpera’s coronation as the new World Rally Championship king had been a long time coming, only to be postponed by hiccups in Belgium and Greece. But at Rally New Zealand the “Full Send” Finn demonstrated exactly how he's been able to rewrite the rallying record book as he stormed to victory to become the youngest ever world champion

Alister McRae: Colin would have been amazed by Rovanpera’s WRC success

Alister McRae believes his late brother Colin McRae would have looked on with amazement at seeing Kalle Rovanpera eclipse his record as youngest ever world rally champion.

Lappi hopes Rovanpera will become WRC’s Verstappen hero figure

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi says Kalle Rovanpera’s World Rally Championship success is a big moment for rallying, and hopes his team-mate can become the WRC’s answer to Max Verstappen.

Rovanpera proud to make WRC history as youngest champion

Kalle Rovanpera says he is proud to make World Rally Championship history by becoming the category's youngest ever champion.

Latvala wanted to cry over Rovanpera’s WRC title success

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala wanted to cry after witnessing “superhero” Kalle Rovanpera end Finland’s 20-year wait for a world rally champion.

WRC New Zealand: Rovanpera clinches history making world title with victory

Kalle Rovanpera has become the youngest ever world rally champion after claiming a dominant sixth win of the season at Rally New Zealand.

WRC New Zealand: Rovanpera closing in on historic win

Kalle Rovanpera has edged closer to securing a dominant Rally New Zealand victory and a potential World Rally Championship title success on Sunday morning.

Rovanpera maintaining emotions on verge of WRC title glory

Kalle Rovanpera says he keeping his emotions in check as the Toyota driver closes in on sealing a historic maiden World Rally Championship title at Rally New Zealand.

WRC New Zealand: Rovanpera charges clear of Ogier

Kalle Rovanpera pulled clear of his rivals at Rally New Zealand on Saturday afternoon to put himself in a position to potentially secure a history-making World Rally Championship title.

Hyundai WRC drivers hit with further hybrid boost penalties

Hyundai Motorsport has been hit with a fresh batch of hybrid boost time penalties at Rally New Zealand, with all three drivers penalised for infringements.

Roll cage damage puts Evans out of WRC Rally New Zealand

Elfyn Evans has retired from Saturday's action at Rally New Zealand due to roll cage damage suffered in a crash from the lead of the World Rally Championship event.

WRC New Zealand: Rovanpera storms into lead as Evans and Greensmith crash

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera stormed to the Rally New Zealand lead after team-mate Elfyn Evans crashed during a hectic Saturday morning that was shortened due to a red flag.

Rovanpera dealt penalty for WRC hybrid boost infringement

Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera has become the third World Rally Championship driver hit with a time penalty for a hybrid boost infringement at Rally New Zealand.

Tanak loses lead of Rally New Zealand with WRC hybrid boost penalty

Ott Tanak has lost the early lead at Rally New Zealand in the World Rally Championship after being given a five-second penalty for overusing hybrid boost on the opening stage.

M-Sport WRC boss surprised by Breen Rally NZ error

M-Sport boss Richard Millener was surprised to see Craig Breen crash out of the Rally New Zealand lead battle, and is keen to understand the reason behind it.

Supercars champion van Gisbergen “living my dream” on WRC debut

Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen admitted he was “living my dream” after an impressive start to his World Rally Championship debut at Rally New Zealand.

WRC New Zealand: Tanak holds slender lead over Evans, Breen retires

Ott Tanak ended the longest day of the World Rally Championship season with a 0.2-second lead over Toyota’s Elfyn Evans following a drama-filled Friday at Rally New Zealand.

WRC New Zealand: Tanak leads Breen, Evans after Friday morning tussle

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak ended a wet Friday morning with the Rally New Zealand lead after an intense tussle with M-Sport’s Craig Breen.

Tanak could take a step back from WRC in 2023

Ott Tanak has hinted he could step away from the World Rally Championship entirely next year as the Hyundai driver is yet to decide his future plans.

WRC New Zealand: Tanak fires first salvo in opening super special

Hyundai’s Ott Tanak has grabbed an early lead at Rally New Zealand after winning a tricky opening World Rally Championship super special stage from M-Sport’s Craig Breen.

Rally New Zealand to miss out on 2023 WRC slot

Rally New Zealand won’t be part of the 2023 World Rally Championship calendar, although organisers are targeting a return to rallying’s top flight in 2024.

WRC drivers turn to YouTube to help with Rally NZ prep

World Rally Championship drivers have found themselves searching YouTube for old footage to help them prepare for Rally New Zealand, which returns this weekend after a 10-year hiatus.

Rovanpera: Need for “proper weekend” the focus in NZ, not WRC title

Kalle Rovanpera says the need for a “proper weekend” after two “shit” World Rally Championship events is his main aim at Rally New Zealand, where he could seal the title.

WRC New Zealand: Everything you need to know

New Zealand makes its long awaited return to the World Rally Championship this weekend with a history making feat in the offing as Kalle Rovanpera closes in on the title.

M-Sport withdraws Fourmaux entry from Rally New Zealand

M-Sport has withdrawn Adrien Fourmaux’s entry from next week’s Rally New Zealand but has confirmed the Frenchman will rejoin the World Rally Championship in Spain next month.

Ogier to make WRC return at Rally New Zealand

Eight-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier will rejoin the World Rally Championship, following confirmation of an outing at Rally New Zealand later this month.

Van Gisbergen to make WRC debut in New Zealand

Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen will make his World Rally Championship debut at Rally New Zealand later this year.