Once we get over this weekend of motorsport (Bathurst 1000, Japanese Grand Prix, WRC Wales Rally GB), there’s a short breather before the final round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship, the Hyundai NZ Raglan Rally of the Coast 13 October
While World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon has already sealed the 2018 driver’s title, the line-up of top rally cars at the season ending round just keeps getting better.
The nzrallychampionship.co.nz website reports the following:
“A total of three R5 cars will take part in next week’s Hyundai New Zealand Raglan Rally of the Coast – the first time more than one has competed at a domestic round.
Raana Horan debuted his Skoda Fabia R5 at the previous round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship on the Coromandel but he will be joined on the famous gravel roads around Raglan by Neil Allport’s Ford Fiesta R5 and another Skoda Fabia R5 driven by Kingsley Jones.
Allport purchased his Fiesta over a year ago and it has been run three times in the NZRC – twice last year under the power of Max Bayley while Aussie champ Nathan Quinn ran it in Whangarei this year. Allport will drive the car himself next weekend.
Jones has bought Horan’s sister car and is hoping it will arrive in the country in time to compete at Raglan.
All three cars are expected to contest the full championship next season.”
These three cars will join other AP4 category cars including Andrew Hawkeswood whose Force Motorsport Team will be joined by Australian driver Brendan Reeves. Hayden Paddon will be back of Wales Rally GB (Hyundai) plus Ben Hunt (Subaru), Dylan Turner (Audi AP4), Matt Summerfield (Mitsubishi Mirage), Josh Marston (Holden Barina AP4), Emma Gilmour (Suzuki Swift AP4), Phil Campbell (pictured)(Ford Fiesta AP4) and Greg Murphy (Holden Barina AP4).
Aussie Nathan Quinn is expected to enter but is still waiting to secure a car to drive.