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    Cool WRC NZ June21-24 talk/results spoiler**

    Next Round 7: Brother Rally New Zealand 21-24 June



    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 its return to the World Rally Championship calendar in 2012 following a one-year absence is keenly anticipated.

    The stages consist mainly of fast and cambered smooth gravel roads in spectacular valleys amid breath-taking scenery, while some asphalt sections will feature on the competitive route.

    Official Website: rallynz.org.nz/

    Listen Live: worldrallyradio.com/

    Watch Speed TV(USA): speedtv.com//filter/program/wrc



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    I just read that the event will be broadcast live on NZ tv, skysports? Does anyone have confirmatoin of this and if so, a link to watch it? Does sopcast have an NZ skysports channel?

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    was this part of the 3 wrc events on speed tv deal?
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    1 hr show 11:00 pm Sunday and a replay sometime early Monday morning.
    No one thinks to put the handbrake on when the car is on its roof.

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    I just looked at the itinerary , Day 1 actually is about 1/3 of the rally, making their chosen starting position actually matter (where as most of the other rallies had them running 1 stage , and then reseeding)

    woohoo... Peter is far enough behind that a Win won't put him into a championship position.. so hopefully he can win this one.
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    Latvala leads way in NZ qualifying

    Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala set the pace today in the qualifying stage for this weekend's Rally New Zealand.

    Latvala completed the 5.06 kilometre Inland Road test in 2 minutes 31.86 seconds, putting him 0.37 seconds up on his former team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen. Latvala will now get first choice of start position for the opening day.

    “I had a very good feeling. We did a little modification to the rear diff and I was more comfortable with the car, we were using hard tyres in the morning so the times were not so good but we used the softs now,” Latvala remarked.

    Hirvonen added: “I made one small mistake but overall I was really struggling on the shakedown to find a good setup and rhythm, but that [the qualifying stage] was awesome. The last couple of corners were just perfect. I really enjoyed it.”

    Petter Solberg meanwhile was third, 0.17 seconds off Hirvonen, followed by Sebastien Loeb and Thierry Neuville, the latter standing in for Nasser Al-Attiyah and competing under the Qatar WRT banner.

    “I tried to get the feeling; we haven't driven since Greece but the feeling is still good. No problem, maybe a small mistake but Mikko did a very good time,” Solberg said.

    Behind, Ott Tanak took sixth for the M-Sport Ford WRT, with Dani Sordo, Jari Ketomaa, Evgeny Novikov and Manfred Stohl rounding out the top ten.

    Drivers will now select their start positions in a few hours time. Rally New Zealand then begins proper on Friday, with SS1, the 11.18 kilometre Te Hutewai 1 test, starting at 08.28 hours [local time].


    Rally New Zealand: Qualifying stage:

    1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2mins 31.86secs M
    2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +0.37secs M
    3. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +0.54secs M
    4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +0.89secs M
    5. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +1.09secs M
    6. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.27secs M
    7. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +1.37secs
    8. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2.08s
    9. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +2.32s M
    10. Manfred Stohl Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5.79s M
    11. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5.91s
    12. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +6.41s
    13. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +19.90secs

    all times unofficial

    click: crash.net/world+rally/news/181034/

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    Rivals split on start order choice in NZ

    Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala has chosen to run 13th in the order on the opening day of Rally New Zealand, a different strategy to his key rivals.

    Latvala got first pick of position after he was quickest in the qualifying stage [see separate story - here]. He then opted for a position as far down the order as possible so as to avoid having to clean the road. Mikko Hirvonen was next up to choose after being second quickest in qualifying, but with the possibility of rain, he elected to run at the head of the pack, a choice mirrored by Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb, who will run second and third respectively.

    “The plan was that obviously as we are [heading] south tomorrow there is more gravel on the top surface than ever before. I know it's winter and there is still a risk with the rain but I still believe when you do 200 stage kilometres and it will be dry at some point so I think the road will need cleaning, so that's why we want to be further back. I'm not so scared about starting so far back,” Latvala explained.

    The full starting order for the 13 priority seeded drivers is as follows:


    Rally New Zealand: Day 1 running order:

    1. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
    2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
    3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
    4. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
    5. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC
    6. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC
    7. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
    8. Manfred Stohl Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC
    9. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC
    10. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
    11. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
    12. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC M
    13. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M

    click: crash.net/world+rally/news/181035/


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    Ken Block says World Rally Championship format hurts privateers

    Ken Block says the current World Rally Championship regulations are hampering his chances of developing as a driver.

    The American Gymkhana star is only competing on three WRC rounds this season. This year the day one running order on gravel rallies is set by allowing the fastest drivers from qualifying to have first choice of their road position. Block was only 11th quickest in New Zealand qualifying on Thursday so is likely to be among the drivers running in the worst of the dusty conditions on Friday's opening loop of competition south of Auckland.

    "I'm facing the fact that I'm coming here to sweep roads for factory drivers," said Block. "The FIA is putting private drivers in a scenario that hurts private drivers. Other championships try to promote all the competitors and when one driver is winning a lot they might even put more weight on that car, but here they put everything in favour of the factory guys."

    Block said he would not let his position on the road hinder his enjoyment of the stages.

    "There will be a substantial amount of sweeping tomorrow," said Block, "but it is what it is and I'm going to just go out and enjoy myself. I love this country and these roads."

    Block is no stranger to New Zealand, having contested four rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship in 2007.

    "I had a great time that year," he said. "I was driving a Group N car and wanted more experience - and we don't run Group N in America. I finished on the podium on my fourth event, which was a good achievement given how specialised these roads are."

    click: autosport.com/news/100522

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    Ken is complaining about sweeping the roads??? He is running ninth with only 1 driver in the top 8 starting behind him.

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    Uhm... did block forget if he wants to pick a better starting position , all he has to do is qualify better?

    anyone else wondering if he only said that, to make a story, promote his sponsors (though not listed in the article) ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1337STI View Post
    I just looked at the itinerary , Day 1 actually is about 1/3 of the rally, making their chosen starting position actually matter (where as most of the other rallies had them running 1 stage , and then reseeding)

    woohoo... Peter is far enough behind that a Win won't put him into a championship position.. so hopefully he can win this one.

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    Was beginning to think I was the only one rooting for Solberg.

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