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WRC – Repco Rally New Zealand – FIA Preview

2022-09-23 16:40:00


One of the vital spectacular occasions, each when it comes to problem and panorama, returns to the FIA World Rally Championship subsequent week (September 29-October 2).

For the primary time since 2012, New Zealand is getting ready to welcome the WRC crews and groups for a gravel rally like no different.

Clean, high-speed sweeps mix with cambered corners to supply an exhilarating driving expertise. Add gorgeous countryside and breath-taking surroundings to the combo and it rapidly turns into clear why Rally New Zealand’s return to the worldwide stage is so eagerly anticipated.

Following two years of COVID-19 restrictions, the chance to host the WRC supplies one other well timed increase to motor sport within the Asia-Pacific area, with affirmation that the FIA Rally Star Asia-Pacific Closing will likely be held in India from October 10-12.

However it’s New Zealand and, extra particularly, the nation’s North Island the place the main target lies in just some days when the eleventh instalment of the FIA’s hybrid-powered Rally1 period takes place.

All three producers – Hyundai, M-Sport (Ford) and Toyota – have gained in 2022, whereas 4 drivers – Sébastien Loeb, Thierry Neuville, Kalle Rovanperä and Ott Tänak – have shared the wins to spotlight the championship’s aggressive nature.

With Rovanperä edging nearer to the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship, it’s becoming that his Toyota team-mate Sébastien Ogier, the eight-time title winner and outgoing champion, is making his newest look of what had been deliberate as a partial marketing campaign however will now embody the season-closing occasions in Spain and Japan as nicely.

The WRC’s official tyre provider Pirelli will present its Scorpion KX smooth and arduous tyres for Rally New Zealand. Designed for cool and damp situations, the smooth compound is the primary alternative with the arduous compound possibility excellent for heat and dry climate. Rally1 groups can use a most of 28 tyres for the occasion together with 4 for Shakedown.

 

THE 2022 ROUTE

Kicking off with a 1.40-kilometre parkland stage in Pukekawa Auckland Area within the coronary heart of town on Thursday night, the problem intensifies significantly on Friday with a 160.34-kilometre timed route within the Waikato area south of the host metropolis. The itinerary contains repeated runs by the enduring Whaanga Coast take a look at, plus double visits to Te Akau South and Te Akau North. Te Akau South is the longest stage of the rally at 31.48 kilometres. With solely a Tyre Becoming Zone however no noon service, danger avoidance and automotive preservation will likely be key.

Saturday’s 88.28-kilometre second leg is targeted on levels within the Kaipara area north of Auckland. Once more, three repeated levels are scheduled however this time there’s a noon service in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

Two runs by the Whitford Forest – Te Maraunga Waiho and the purpose-built Jack’s Ridge Haunui levels type the aggressive working on leg three, which relies within the Franklin district near Auckland and covers 31.18 timed kilometres. The repeat of Jack’s Ridge Haunui will run because the event-deciding Energy Stage when bonus factors will likely be handed to the quickest 5 drivers general and the quickest three in FIA WRC2.

 

RALLY DATA

Stage distance:     279.80 km
Complete distance:        1379.97 km
Variety of levels: 17

 

RALLY1 CONTENDERS

FIA Phrase Rally Championship leaders Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen high the Rally New Zealand entry checklist aboard their Toyota GR Yaris Rally1, which is run underneath the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT banner. The Finns are 53 factors forward within the title chase and will take the provisional world title if outcomes go of their favour within the Southern Hemisphere.

Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin have but to win within the WRC this season having completed runners-up in 2020 and 2021. Whereas Martin has competed on Rally New Zealand twice earlier than, the occasion is all-new to Evans.

Sébastien Ogier/Benjamin Veillas from France return to Toyota for his or her first WRC outing since Safari Rally Kenya in June. Ogier’s one and solely Rally New Zealand look got here in 2009, when he completed second general.

Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta completes Toyota’s line-up alongside his Irish co-driver Aaron Johnston with the occasion new to each.

Boosted by successful the final three WRC rounds in Finland, Belgium and Greece with its i20 N Rally1, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Workforce counts on Estonians Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja, Belgians Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe, plus Swede Oliver Solberg and his British co-driver Elliott Edmondson. Solberg’s father Petter competed towards Neuville and Tänak when New Zealand final hosted the WRC in 2012.

Irishmen Craig Breen/Paul Nagle head the M-Sport Ford World Rally Workforce entry with Briton Gus Greensmith and his Swedish co-driver Jonas Andersson competing in a second Ford Puma Rally1. Italian privateer Lorenzo Bertelli is ready to make his debut in a Rally1 automotive when he takes half in a 3rd Puma alongside co-driver Simone Scattolin. Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria’s deliberate entry has been withdrawn.

 

THE SUPPORTING CATEGORIES

Hayden Paddon, New Zealand’s most profitable rally driver, will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders as he bids for victory within the FIA WRC2 Open class in a Hyundai i20 N Rally2. The Manufacturing world champion from 2011 is making his comeback to global-level competitors in 2022 and is ready to battle Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz (Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo) for high honours. Former Australian champion and WRC2 Junior entrant Harry Bates can also be set to be a contender for victory, as will Ben Hunt, a two-time winner of the New Zealand championship. German Armin Kremer heads the WRC2 Masters’ Cup contenders and may make it three class wins in a row on Rally New Zealand. Main New Zealand racing driver Shane van Gisbergen, a double Australian Supercars champion, will make his WRC debut on his residence spherical of the championship.

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Media accreditation should be collected in individual by accredited move holders from the Accreditation Workplace on the Media Centre, Degree 4, The Grid, 12 Madden St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010. The next opening hours apply:

Tuesday September 27: 09:00-17:00

Wednesday September 28: 08:00-18:30

Thursday September 29: 07:00-20:00

 

The Media Centre is situated at Degree 4, The Grid, 12 Madden St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010. The next opening hours apply:

Tuesday September 27: 09:00-17:00

Wednesday September 28: 08:00-18:30

Thursday September 29: 07:00-20:00

Friday September 30: 08:00-21:00

Saturday October 1: 08:00-21:00

Sunday October 2: 07:00-20:00

 

2022 REPCO RALLY NEW ZEALAND TIMETABLE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday September 28  
FIA Tabard Media Security Briefing, Media Centre, Auckland 16:00 hrs
Workforce media capabilities (contact groups straight for data) From 17:00 hrs
Media welcome drink, Good George North Wharf, 1 Jellicoe Avenue 18:00 hrs
   
Thursday September 29  
Shakedown for P1 and invited drivers, Inland Highway Helensville 09:01-11:00 hrs
Shakedown for P2, P3 and non-Precedence drivers, Inland Highway Helensville, 11:00-13:00 hrs
Meet the Crews (Prime 3 Shakedown), Service Park 12:00 hrs
Pre-event FIA press convention, Media Centre, Auckland* 14:00 hrs
Autograph signing session, Pukekawa Auckland Area 16:30 hrs
Chosen P2 drivers 16:30 – 16:45 hrs
All P1 drivers  16:45 – 17:00 hrs
Ceremonial Begin, Powhiri and picture opp., Pukekawa Auckland Area 17:30 hrs
   
Friday September 30  
Begin of Part 2, Service Park, Auckland 05:45 hrs
Meet the Crews, Service Park, Auckland Round 20:20 hrs
   
Saturday October 1  
Begin of Part 4, Service Park, Auckland 06:22 hrs
Meet the Crews, Service Park, Auckland Round 18:30 hrs
   
Sunday October 2  
Begin of Part 6, Service Park, Auckland 09:14 hrs
Podium Ceremony, Jack’s Ridge Haunui 16:10 hrs
Submit-event FIA press convention, , Jack’s Ridge Haunui * 16:45 hrs

*Press Conferences will likely be obtainable to accredited media attending onsite and not streamed through Zoom. Nevertheless, a written transcript will likely be obtainable afterwards.

 

MEDIA ZONES

All precedence drivers, and co-drivers upon request, will bbe obtainable for media interviews on the following instances:

TC1A, TC4A, TC7A, TC10A, TC13A, TC15A, TC17A

 

FIA PRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

Thursday September 29

14:00 – FIA WRC2 Championship

Hayden Paddon (NZL), Hyundai i20 N

Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL), Škoda Fabia Evo

Ben Hunt (NZL), Škoda Fabia Evo

Shane van Gisbergen (NZL), Škoda Fabia

 

14:15 – FIA WRC Championship

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT – Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) and Sébastien Ogier (FRA), Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT – Ott Tänak (EST), Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid

M-Sport Ford WRT – Craig Breen (IRL) and Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA), Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid

 

Sunday October 2 (from 16:45)

Prime three drivers within the general classification

Consultant of the successful producer

Successful FIA WRC2 Championship drivers (Open and Masters Cup)

 

2022 REPCO RALLY NEW ZEALAND MANUFACTURER ENTRIES

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN) – #69
  Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR) – #33
  Sébastien Ogier (FRA) / Benjamin Veillas (FRA) – #1
   
Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST) – #8
  Thierry Neuville (BEL) / Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL) – #11
  Oliver Solberg (SWE) / Ellott Edmondson – #2
M-Sport Ford WRT Craig Breen (IRL) / Paul Nagle (IRL) – #42
  Gus Greensmith (GBR) / Jonas Andersson (SWE) – #44

 

2022 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classification following spherical 10 of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship season is accessible at this hyperlink: https://www.fia.com/occasions/world-rally-championship/season-2022/standings

 

2012 RALLY NEW ZEALAND RESULTS

1 Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC 4h04m51.2s
2 Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen Citroën DS3 WRC +29.6s
3 Petter Solberg/Chris Patterson Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m36.4s

 

RECENT WINNERS (WRC EVENTS ONLY)

2012 Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC
2011 Hayden Paddon/John Kennard Subaru Impreza STi
2010 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC ‘09
2008 Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC
2007 Marcus Grönholm/Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC ‘07
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