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    Rally Waitomo, the penultimate round is on this coming weekend.

    81 cars entered, with 43 cars in NZRC classes, which is a really strong number for a country of less than 5 million! This rally is new to the championship, and has no repeat stages (which is unusual these days!). It also includes two stages over 40km long. So going to be a good test of endurance.

    Some interesting things to note when looking through the entries:

    Reigning national champion David Holder will start in a Holden Barina AP4 (normally driven by Greg Murphy, who has other commitments), so Holder in a Holden. He won the championship in an ex-Paddon Evo last year and doesn't currently have a car of his own. He completed the last round at Coromandel in a borrowed old GC8 Subaru, coming home in 7th overall, so will be interesting to see what he can get out of the Barina AP4 given his clear talent behind the wheel.

    Max Bayley is debuting the first R5 car in the NZRC - a Ford Fiesta R5. I don't know anything about the car, whether it is an evolution model or anything, although I think from memory Neil Allport is running the car. Max has also not competed in the NZRC for a while (not since Canterbury last year), so I imagine it will take a little while to get used to the car and upto speed. He has previously competed in a Fiesta R2 in NZRC.

    Dylan Turner is back in the very cool Audi S1 AP4, which missed the last round as he was off doing some promo work with Audi on snow...

    Job Quantock (who drove Paddons Hyundai AP4 at Canterbury) has bought the Skoda AP4 off Glenn Inkster and will debut that. He is however seeded down in 14th, due to some mixed results so far this year.

    Further back down the field a random observation, Jeff Ward, who previously campaigned a mostly carbon fibre and fibreglass Hillman Hunter with a V8 and a sequential gearbox had a rather big accident at Rally Coromandel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WSZ...&feature=share So will now compete in his Subaru Legacy RS, which runs later model Subaru drivetrain, so could prove to be quite competitive and with a very favourable road position due to his struggle to finish rallies in the Hillman this year. So although I doubt he will trouble the top ten, he could go quite well given his seeding.

    And finally, I have to mention Adam Bligh in an Evo 8. He finished 5th outright in Coromandel, having previously campaigned a somewhat tired Evo 6 in earlier rounds, he has recently stepped up to the Evo 8 and been setting extremely competitive times, with limited testing and budget. So although I don't think he will trouble for the win, he will most likely do quite well once again if everything holds together...

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    Another car that will catch a lot of spectator interest at Rally Waitomo is the 2WD Triumph TR7 powered by a V8 driven by Leon Styles. Well down the order on seeding but a car I am looking forward to seeing this Saturday
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    Neil Allport and Fiesta R5
    https://youtu.be/HLRlxlA7pug

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    After stage 3 Hunt, Bayley, Cox (road position appears important, Dave Holder sweeping in front, DH hit bank in ss3, will be close to catching 000 car at the end of ss4)
    https://www.facebook.com/newzealandr...1483092882559/

    http://hamiltoncarclub.org.nz/wp-con...l-20.09.17.pdf (few old wrc rally nz stages in today's event)

    https://youtu.be/u4Cd_9Ck89w on event vid/car pics

    MJ bends his car

    https://www.facebook.com/Matt.Jensen...6484243321006/

    Rally of Waitomo video

    https://youtu.be/q8diVHeJtsI
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    Rally NZ 2017 -weekend 25-26th November, 2017
    http://www.rallynz.org.nz/

    http://nzrallychamps.co.nz/wp-conten...t-RNZ-2017.pdf
    Paddon heads entry list in Hyundai i20, light on off shore entries - one from New Caledonia and 3 from Japan.

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    Hi, planning to go to the NZ Rally, haven't been to one before - so for a first timer, not sure what stages should look to go to, there doesn't appear to be a lot of spectator areas, so wondering what others think. We live in Tauranga, so will definitely be going to the opening ceremony on Friday night, but for the other two days, is it good to try and attend each day? Or perhaps just day 2, and just the spectator bit at the TECT terrain park? Cheers.

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    If you are going to an 'international rally for the first time, it is often advisable to go to a official spectator point if you are not a local, so you can leave after the cars have passed.

    https://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/...ly-new-zealand

    Look up the District Council websites. If you get into a stage the road can be closed for a long time (e.g 9am to 5 pm)

    The first day - the stage 3 spectator point. Probably take over an hour from Tauranga (1.5 hours?) (over 3 hours of driving)
    http://nzrallychamps.co.nz/wp-conten...Spec%20Map.pdf

    Day 2 - Tect Park - a few cars might be missing, but at least you will see some action.

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    http://followthekiwiway.org.nz/asset...rmission-3.pdf

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    Personally I would watch the day one on livestream (FB/ livestream?) and go to the TECT park on day 2. depending on weather or day one - go to stage 3 and watch day 2 livestream and go to the finish line.

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    Hawkeswood testing for Rally NZ, could be dry and dusty in places, could favour drivers running on swept roads if the dust clears.
    https://www.facebook.com/Hawkeswoodm...3267692029627/
    Mazda inline 4 turbo sounds almost rotary like.
    others prep for rally nz
    https://www.facebook.com/35863616082...0935817933316/ holder test - nice piece of road

    https://www.facebook.com/BenHUNTMoto...9591506721215/ Hunt

    http://bit.ly/2mOKxaN Turner
    http://bit.ly/2jdFM5u Cunningham

    https://www.facebook.com/haydenpaddo...1097638592687/

    Paddon interview with NZ media
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/...ent-again.html
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    Rally NZ results and livestream on now http://chrissport.co.nz/event.php?db=rallynz2017
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    Coverage today was fantastic. Hawkeswood with 15 second lead on Summerfield going ninto day 2. Hayden leading by plenty. Love the live feed.
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