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The penultimate round in New Zealand’s 2007 Vantage Aluminium Joinery Rally Championship returns Scot Alister McRae and American Ken Block to its line-up.
Part of the WRC Rally New Zealand event, the three-day competition is the second time both drivers have joined the domestic series.
Following the sale of the car used by McRae at the Otago season opening round, he will be debuting a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 9 prepared by Hawke’s Bay team Taylor Motorsport.
US rally championship contender Block makes his third appearance in New Zealand – his Subaru Impreza run by Palmerston North team RallyfaNZ.
Tantalisingly close to victory at the recent X Games‘ event, Block is joined by US team-mate Travis Pastrana – who will be doing reconnaissance only at the New Zealand WRC weekend.
The New Zealand series is led by Geraldine’s Hayden Paddon (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8), who is one of three championship drivers running the in the world category PWRC field.
Following a shakedown session, the event begins with a ceremonial start on Thursday (30th August), with three days of competition on the roads in the Waikato, King Country and Franklin districts.  The finish for the WRC event will be held at the Mystery Creek events centre on Sunday afternoon 2nd September.
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