Challenge

  • The loose gravel surface will make life difficult for crews running first on the road as they sweep the road to pave a cleaner line for those behind.
  • Pace notes. Several current WRC drivers have not contested the rally previously, which means the pre-event recce will be crucial to a successful result. 
  • Avoid mechanical issues. An opening leg which comprises over half the rally's competitive distance with no service - only a tyre fitting zone in Raglan - means any car troubles will be severely punished.

 

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension and brakes.
  • New Zealand's roads are generally quite smooth. It's unlikely that drivers will need to raise the ride height for the second pass of stages. 
  • Pirelli’s soft compound Scorpion tyres will be the likely rubber of choice, but a hard compound option is also available. Each Rally1 crew will have a maximum of 28 tyres for the event, including shakedown.