Noel Moloney in action in New Zealand on Sunday


Duagh native Noel Moloney will contest Sunday’s Bay of Plenty Rally on New Zealand’s North Island.

He is paired with local driver Quentin Palmer in a Mitsubishi Lancer for the nine-stage rally.

The event uses roads made famous by New Zealand’s World Rally Championship round when it was based in Rotorua. 

Rally details

SS1 – 8.82km. A wake up call! An early start and a tricky stage. But wow, it is a

humdinger. This is what is left of a very old Rally New Zealand road from back in the

days when they did the Motu. Tight and twisty mostly with a superb downhill from

about halfway. It will take all your skill to navigate it. One caution on a left hander

with a steel drain sticking out – so take note!

SS2 & 6 – 24.85km. Another well used Rally NZ stage, with tarmac in the middle

and Helicopter corner. Tight twisty start for 9km before the tarmac section which is

open and flowing. Then back onto the gravel for some great open flowing stuff,

before turning left onto another great RNZ stage that starts off flowing and tightens

up considerably and heading downhill to the finish. You’ll be puffing after this one.

SS3 & 7 – 9.23km. A short sharp blast along some fabulous flowing county roads.

Lots of forestry either side but what a great road this is. Enjoy.

SS4 & 8 – 14.75km. A great BOP road that starts up a tarmac hill and then flows

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