The International Rally of Whangarei is part of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), one of the premier regional championships in world rallying and is contested by teams from New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia and Sweden running primarily Super2000, Group N, or production, rally cars.

The International Rally of Whangarei is organised by Rally of New Zealand.

The event for 2020 will commence with an opening ceremony commencing on Friday 8 May.  Eighteen (18) Special Stages over 260 kilometres on what are widely regarded as the world’s best gravel rally roads await competitors in the 2020 International Rally of Whangarei. The fast cambered roads of the Whangarei and Far North districts to the north of Whangarei will host for the 14th consecutive year a round of the 2020 FIA Asia Pacific Rally championship, the eight round series also visiting Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan with the finale in Australia*. 

The event is also the second round of the 2020 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

In 2020 the APRC comprises 8 rounds including a grand finale:

South India APRC Asia Cup 21-22 March
Rally of  Otago APRC Pacific Cup 3-5 April
Rally of Whangarei APRC Pacific Cup 8-10 May
Rally Tasmania APRC Pacific Cup 19-21 June
Rally Medan APRC Asia Cup 25-26 July
Rally Hokkaido  APRC Asia Cup & Pacific Cup 11-13 September
China Rally Longyou APRC Asia Cup 16-18 October
Rally Coffs Harbour APRC Pacific Cup & Finale 27-29 November

The International Rally of Whangarei incorporates the second round of the MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) where local teams can compete internally for NZRC points. Run as a subsidiary event it includes clubmans competitors, to incorporate those cars not compliant with the APRC international regulations. The Clubmans event also gives competitors with lower specification or older cars a way to compete in their own overall and class battles and be part of an international event without the cost of full international competition.

       

Rally of Whangarei

 
The FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) is one of the premier regional championships in world rallying and is contested by teams from New Zealand, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Malaysia, India, and New Caledonia running primarily Super2000, Group N, or production, rally cars.

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