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Rally New Zealand's return to the World Rally Championship in September is likely to begin with a super special stage in downtown Auckland. While the full itinerary is not clear, an outline of the event has been released by the WRC and includes three nights of spectator super special stage action. Crews are expected to tackle a stage in downtown Auckland on Thursday evening after a ceremonial start, before the Mt. Smart Stadium stages on the following two nights. The stage in downtown Auckland, along with the rest of the route is yet to be confirmed by the FIA's safety crews. A Rally New Zealand spokespersons told RallySport Magazine this inspection will take place in early April when Chief Safety Officer, Michele Mouton, goes over the course. Friday's stages will head south of Auckland towards the Te Aku and Raglan areas, with cars to contest the famous Whaanga Coast stage. This will be the longest travel day of the event, so will include a tyre-fitting zone between loops rather than a trip back to the service park in Auckland. Saturday will head north to Warkworth and Puhoi, while Sunday will stay closer to home, just south-east of Auckland. The rally-ending Power Stage at Whitford will couple as the ceremonial finish venue.
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