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Rally New Zealand unlikely to return to 2018 World Rally Championship

Rally New Zealand unlikely to return to 2018 World Rally Championship

Rally New Zealand organisers today said that it is unlikely that the event will return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar next year. Latest discussions with the FIA and the World Rally Championship Promoter (WRC Promoter) suggest that expanding the 2018 Championship for a new event outside Europe will prove too challenging because of commercial considerations. The final outcome …

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Evans flies to second in Finland

Evans flies to second in Finland

Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt stormed to a sensational second place at this weekend’s Neste Rally Finland – securing the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC’s twelfth podium of the year. Proving competitive on any surface, the Fiesta set six fastest stage times including a 1-2-3 through the second pass of Päijälä (SS21) and a 1-2-3-4 though the second pass of Pihlajakoski …

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An exciting rally right to the end!

An exciting rally right to the end!

Although the stages covered relatively few miles, the final leg of Rally Finland held the attention of the fans until the closing moments. Two of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT’s C3 WRCs finished in the points, as Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle finished fifth and eighth respectively. With two passes on Lempää (6.80km) and Oittila (10.12km), the …

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Paddon and Marshall take positives from forgettable Finnish rally

Paddon and Marshall take positives from forgettable Finnish rally

This year’s high-speed edition of Rally Finland did not pan out as Hayden Paddon and co-driver Sebastian Marshall hoped, with the Hyundai Motorsport pair dogged by misfortune. On the positive side, they demonstrated front-running pace and displayed the sort of never-give-up attitude needed to succeed at the top of world rallying. Paddon and Marshall started the 27-30 July rally dubbed …

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Kennard’s WRC achievements marked with team celebration in Finland

Kennard’s WRC achievements marked with team celebration in Finland

Twelve years, 109 starts, 26 victories, 45 podiums – those are the statistics that mark the competitive career of Kiwi co-driver John Kennard alongside our homegrown World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon. This week, during the lead-up to Rally Finland starting Thursday 27 July (EEST), Paddon and Hyundai Motorsport paid tribute to Kennard’s contribution to both Paddon’s career and the …

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