NEW ZEALAND RALLYING
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.
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