Rally New Zealand

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The Rally New Zealand is an annual rally race in New Zealand. It was first held in Taupo in 1969, and was subsequently staged in Canterbury, before moving back to the North Island in 1971.

The rally was included as a round of the World Championship in 1977. Auckland has hosted the majority of the events, however, beginning in 2006 event is based in Hamilton, with the service park, parc ferme and the super special stage all being located at the Mystery Creek Events Centre. Rally New Zealand is famous for its fast flowing gravel roads which carry the competitors through forests and alongside the impressive New Zealand coastline.

The WRC teams voted Propecia Rally New Zealand "Rally of the Year" in 2001. The 2007 Rally New Zealand was run from 31 August to 2 September and ended with the closest-ever finish in the history of the World Rally Championship. After over 350 competitive kilometres, only 0.3 seconds separated the winner Marcus Grönholm and second-placed Sébastien Loeb.

The 2012 Rally New Zealand is the 42nd edition of the event.

Past winners[edit]

2006 post-race celebration with Marcus Grönholm, Mikko Hirvonen and Manfred Stohl.
Season Driver Co-driver Car Event report
1969* New Zealand Grady Thompson Rick Rimmer Holden Monaro
1970* New Zealand Paul Adams Don Fenwick BMW 2002
1971* Australia Bruce Hodgson Mike Mitchell Ford CortinaLotus
1972* United Kingdom Andrew Cowan Jim Scott BLMC Mini 1275 GT
1973* Finland Hannu Mikkola Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1600
1974* Not Held
1975* New Zealand Mike Marshall Arthur McWatt Ford Escort RS1800
1976* United Kingdom Andrew Cowan Jim Scott Hillman Avenger
1977 Italy Fulvio Bacchelli Francesco Rossetti Fiat 131 Abarth
1978 United Kingdom Russell Brookes Chris Porter Ford Escort RS1800
1979 Finland Hannu Mikkola Arne Hertz Ford Escort RS1800
1980 Finland Timo Salonen Seppo Harjanne Datsun 160J
1981 New Zealand Jim Donald Kevin Lancaster Ford Escort RS
1982 Sweden Björn Waldegård Hans Thorszelius Toyota Celica
1983 Germany Walter Rohrl Christian Geistdörfer Lancia 037 Rally
1984 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Bjorn Cederberg Audi Quattro
1985 Finland Timo Salonen Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 T16 E2
1986 Finland Juha Kankkunen Juha Piironen Peugeot 205 T16 E2
1987 Austria Franz Wittman Jorg Pattermann Lancia Delta 4WD
1988 Austria Josef Haider Ferdinand Hinterleitner Opel Kadett GSi 16V
1989 Sweden Ingvar Carlsson Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD
1990 Spain Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1991 Spain Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1992 Spain Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1993 United Kingdom Colin McRae Derek Ringer Subaru Legacy RS
1994 United Kingdom Colin McRae Derek Ringer Subaru Impreza 555
1995 United Kingdom Colin McRae Derek Ringer Subaru Impreza 555
1996 United Kingdom Richard Burns Robert Reid Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
1997 Sweden Kenneth Eriksson Staffan Parmander Subaru Impreza WRC 97
1998 Spain Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Corolla WRC
1999 FinlandTommi Makinen Risto Mannisenmäki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI
2000 Finland Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC
2001 United Kingdom Richard Burns Robert Reid Subaru Impreza WRC 2001
2002 Finland Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC
2003 Finland Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC
2004 Norway Petter Solberg Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 2004
2005 France Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC
2006 Finland Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Report
2007 Finland Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Report
2008 France Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC Report
2009* Not Held
2010 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 Report
2011* New Zealand Hayden Paddon John Kennard Subaru Impreza WRX
2012 France Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC Report

*, denotes years when Rally New Zealand was not part of the World Rally Championship

Multiple Winners[edit]

Number Driver Country Years
5 Marcus Grönholm Finland Finland 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
4 Carlos Sainz Spain Spain 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998
3 Sébastien Loeb France France 2005, 2008, 2012
Colin McRae United Kingdom UK 1993, 1994, 1995
2 Andrew Cowan United Kingdom UK 1972, 1976
Hannu Mikkola Finland Finland 1973, 1979
Timo Salonen Finland Finland 1980, 1985
Richard Burns United Kingdom UK 1996, 2001

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