Finn Jari-Matti Latvala was the fastest driver at the pre-event shakedown for Rally New Zealand earlier on Thursday, with defending World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb his closest rival, reported http://www.wrc.com.
The four-hour test took place on a 1,5km asphalt road in the Auckland Domain – a park nestled in the centre of the city. The same section will be driven competitively on Friday as SS9. Weather conditions were dry and sunny throughout with a temperature peaking at 16 degrees Celsius.
Boosted by the entry of World Rally stars including Chris Atkinson and Alister McRae, the International Rally of Queensland is seeking a naming sponsor for what promises to be its most spectacular event yet.
As round four of the 2010 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, the International Rally of Queensland on 30 July – 1 August will be Australia’s biggest championship rally of the year and, after the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix, the only other Australian round of an FIA championship. Continue reading WRC stars boost Rally Queensland attraction→
BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers and co-drivers tasted a different mode of transport today as they took to the water onboard an America’s Cup racing yacht in New Zealand.
Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila set sail in Auckland Harbour aboard the 1995 race-winning yacht, NZL40. After being taught the basics of how to sail by experienced yachtsmen from Emirates Team New Zealand, the Finns put their new-found skills to the test by winning a race against their FIA World Rally Championship rivals from Citroen. Continue reading Ford’s world rally stars make a splash in Auckland Harbour→
For rally drivers, New Zealand comes very close to rallying nirvana. The sweeping, rollercoaster roads and lush green scenery will look very familiar to anybody who has seen The Lord of the Rings, filmed entirely on location in New Zealand. There is a magical atmosphere to the whole country, and this year the rally returns to some of its best-known stages.
The rally is based in Auckland, home to about a third of New Zealand’s population, but uses remote service zones so that the drivers can cover plenty of ground during the event. New Zealand is famous for having a larger population of sheep than people, with just five million people distributed across a country that is approximately the same size as Italy, so there’s never a shortage of space. Continue reading Pirelli aims to go the distance in New Zealand→