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EXCLUSIVE: The Australian Rally Commission’s call for submissions for rounds of the 2007 Australian Rally Championship has sparked interest from across the Tasman.

RallySport Magazine have learned that at least one group of New Zealand rally organisers are believed to be looking into the possibility of applying to conduct a round of the ARC, although time constraints mean that this probably wouldn’t be until 2008.

Freight costs aside, contesting a round of the ARC in New Zealand probably wouldn’t be any more expensive for Australian crews. Entry fees in NZ are generally cheaper, although one issue that would need to be resolved would be in relation to the fuel used in rally cars. In New Zealand cars are still allowed to run Avgas (aviation fuel).

A trans-Tasman crossing for the ARC could spark plenty of interest in Australia. Australian crews would jump at the chance to compete on New Zealand’s billiard table-smooth gravel roads, and it could add an enticing challenge to the ARC.

Similarly, if the move came off, there may be the opportunity for one of the Australian rounds to count for points in the New Zealand Rally Championship in future.

RallySport Magazine will continue to follow the story and bring further updates when available.
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