New Zealand ever-hope­ful of WRC in­clu­sion with can­di­date event

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Rally New Zealand of­fi­cials at­tended last week’s Rally Italy and met with WRC Pro­moter to once again press their case for a Kiwi re­turn to the se­ries – and raise aware­ness of a can­di­date event next sea­son.

Event chair­man Peter John­ston said he re­mained con­fi­dent New Zealand would be back on the cal­en­dar and looks for­ward to wel­com­ing WRC Pro­moter’s Oliver Ciesla to an all-new Rally New Zealand base in Tau­ranga.

John­ston said: “When Oliver comes down to visit us, he’ll see the very im­pres­sive set-up we’ve got now. We have a won­der­ful new fa­cil­ity to house all of the teams, in­clud­ing a big ser­vice park, a su­per­spe­cial stage and con­fer­ence cen­tre. We’ll be run­ning a two-day can­di­date event from Tau­ranga, run in the style of a WRC round to make sure our staff are up to speed with every­thing. We’re ready to roll.”

Rally New Zealand heads felt it should have been back on the cal­en­dar this year af­ter an agree­ment of a three-year ro­ta­tion with Rally Aus­tralia.

The date for the can­di­date event has yet to be de­cided.

Pad­don: Am­bas­sador

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