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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 1977 World Rally Championship. 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 was the 42nd edition of the event.

Past winnersEdit

 
2006 post-race celebration with Marcus Grönholm, Mikko Hirvonen and Manfred Stohl.
Season Driver Co-driver Car Event report
1969*   Grady Thompson Rick Rimmer Holden Monaro
1970*   Paul Adams Don Fenwick BMW 2002
1971*   Bruce Hodgson Mike Mitchell Ford CortinaLotus
1972*   Andrew Cowan Jim Scott BLMC Mini 1275 GT
1973*   Hannu Mikkola Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1600
1974* Not Held
1975*   Mike Marshall Arthur McWatt Ford Escort RS1800
1976*   Andrew Cowan Jim Scott Hillman Avenger
1977   Fulvio Bacchelli Francesco Rossetti Fiat 131 Abarth
1978*   Russell Brookes Chris Porter Ford Escort RS1800
1979   Hannu Mikkola Arne Hertz Ford Escort RS1800
1980   Timo Salonen Seppo Harjanne Datsun 160J
1981   Jim Donald Kevin Lancaster Ford Escort RS
1982   Björn Waldegård Hans Thorszelius Toyota Celica
1983   Walter Röhrl Christian Geistdörfer Lancia 037 Rally
1984   Stig Blomqvist Bjorn Cederberg Audi Quattro
1985   Timo Salonen Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 T16 E2
1986   Juha Kankkunen Juha Piironen Peugeot 205 T16 E2
1987   Franz Wittman Jorg Pattermann Lancia Delta 4WD
1988   Josef Haider Ferdinand Hinterleitner Opel Kadett GSi 16V
1989   Ingvar Carlsson Per Carlsson Mazda 323 4WD
1990   Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1991   Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1992   Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD
1993   Colin McRae Derek Ringer Subaru Legacy RS
1994   Colin McRae Derek Ringer Subaru Impreza 555
1995   Colin McRae Derek Ringer Subaru Impreza 555
1996*   Richard Burns Robert Reid Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III
1997   Kenneth Eriksson Staffan Parmander Subaru Impreza WRC 97
1998   Carlos Sainz Luis Moya Toyota Corolla WRC
1999  Tommi Makinen Risto Mannisenmäki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI
2000   Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC
2001   Richard Burns Robert Reid Subaru Impreza WRC 2001
2002   Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC
2003   Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 206 WRC
2004   Petter Solberg Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 Report
2005   Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC Report
2006   Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Report
2007   Marcus Grönholm Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Report
2008   Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC Report
2009* Not Held
2010   Jari-Matti Latvala Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 Report
2011*   Hayden Paddon John Kennard Subaru Impreza WRX
2012   Sébastien Loeb Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC Report
2013

2016*
Not Held
2017*   Hayden Paddon John Kennard Hyundai i20 AP4
2018*   Hayden Paddon Malcolm Read Hyundai i20 AP4

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

Multiple WinnersEdit

Number Driver Years
5   Marcus Grönholm 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
4   Carlos Sainz 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998
3   Sébastien Loeb 2005, 2008, 2012
  Colin McRae 1993, 1994, 1995
  Hayden Paddon 2011, 2017, 2018
2   Andrew Cowan 1972, 1976
  Hannu Mikkola 1973, 1979
  Timo Salonen 1980, 1985
  Richard Burns 1996, 2001

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