New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon is helping to boost the profile of the sport in his home country.
New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon is helping to boost the profile of the sport in his home country. Trevor Veale

Kiwis more than keen to host Rally

RALLY Australia may be locked in for the Coffs Coast in 2016 but don't for a moment think the local region has a mortgage on hosting a round of the World Rally Championship.

Our Tasman neighbours have been closely watching the news unfold and Rally New Zealand chairman Peter Johnston said the Kiwis were more than willing to host its first WRC round since 2012.

"We are well ready to run a WRC round in New Zealand and have in the past at very short notice," Mr Johnston said

"We have good local and central government support, committed sponsors and have already picked Tauranga as our next venue to host WRC when it returns to New Zealand.

"Our roads are the best in the world for rallying and WRC drivers love them and always comment how good they are. The drivers and the teams would be very happy to come back to New Zealand."

Mr Johnston said rallying is a "very strong sport" in New Zealand, helped by the success of Possum Bourne and Hayden Paddon.



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