April 14, 2019
Hyundai New Zealand star, Hayden Paddon, has completed a dominant weekend at the Otago Rally, winning all but one stage to take victory by over nine minutes. Not registered for the New Zealand Rally Championship, Paddon returned to New Zealand this weekend with the goal of winning the Asia Pacific component of the rally, and duly succeeded. Subaru driver Ben..
March 25, 2019
A record-breaking 132 cars will start next month's Otago Rally, beating the previous highest entry number set in 2017. Headed by former Hyundai WRC star, Hayden Paddon, the rally is the opening round of the New Zealand and Asia Pacific Rally Championships, and incorporates the International Otago Classic Rally, and an Allcomers division. The field includes 55 competitors registered for..
February 22, 2019
The Otago Rally’s popular tarmac super stage will return to its traditional layout this year as over 100 rally crews tackle the downtown Dunedin spectacular. A shorter version of the stage was trialled in 2018, but feedback from competitors and spectators will see the stage revert to the usual four laps around the city block, which often sees two cars..
February 7, 2019
For the first time, this year's Otago Rally will be a qualifying round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), with the event hosting round one of its Pacific Cup. After a significant revamp after the 2018 APRC, the series is looking to re-invent itself by increasing the number of qualifying rounds, and encouraging more competitors to take part. The..
January 5, 2019
Winmax Brakes and Paddon Rallysport have signed on as the naming rights sponsor for the 2019 Otago Classic Rally. The new partnership is great news for the rally, and also coincides with Hayden Paddon's announcement that he will contest the 2019 Otago Rally in his Hyundai i20 AP4+. "We're delighted to welcome Winmax Brakes and Paddon Rallysport to the family..
December 7, 2018
Rally fans have got their wish, with World Rally Championship star, Mads Østberg, confirmed as the international guest at next year’s Otago Classic Rally. For the second year running, Østberg will drive a Rossendale Rally Team Ford Escort RS1800 as he attempts to win the coveted event for the first time. The Norwegian has just completed a hugely successful season..
December 5, 2018
The Otago Rally are thrilled to announce that Dunedin Isuzu D-Max Utes have been confirmed as the rally's naming rights sponsor for the second year in succession. The 2019 Dunedin Isuzu Otago Rally will run over the weekend of April 13 and 14, with two-days of fast-paced rally action following a publicity start in Dunedin's Octagon on Friday evening, April..
November 21, 2018
Popular Irish rally driver, Frank Kelly, is returning to New Zealand and will contest the Otago Rally and Rally of Whangarei in 2019. Kelly was a guest driver at the 2017 Otago Rally, and will once again drive his famous Ford Escort - affectionately known as 'Baby Blue' - in both events. The Otago Rally and Rally of Whangarei have..
October 17, 2018
Popular global rallying commentator, Colin Clark, will make a guest appearance at next year's Otago Rally in New Zealand, from April 12 to 14. The Scotsman, best known for his role as part of the World Rally Championship's 'Rally Radio' and 'WRC All Live' coverage, will make his first visit to the legendary South Island event. The 2019 Otago Rally..
September 27, 2018
The Otago Rally will go ‘back to the future’ next year with a seeding order not used since the early 2000s, and that will further enhance the excitement of the event. Rally organisers have been wanting to find a way to manage the three different rallies (NZRC, Classic and Classic 4WD) in a way that keeps the field tight, while..