The scheduled itinerary was virtually identical to 2007, with only minor alterations to two stages on the opening day and the removal of a short test from the final leg. However, landslides have forced organisers to split the monster 43.98km ...
The scheduled itinerary was virtually identical to 2007, with only minor alterations to two stages on the opening day and the removal of a short test from the final leg. However, landslides have forced organisers to split the monster 43.98km Waitomo test into two parts on the first day. The rally is based at Hamilton, 130km south of Auckland and close to North Island's west coast. The single service park is based at Mystery Creek Events Centre, a few kilometres to the south. After a ceremonial start in Hamilton on Thursday evening, the opening leg heads south-west. The second leg is based north-west before the spectacular final day which hugs the Tasman Sea coastline and includes a remote service zone at Raglan. The highlight is two passes over the classic Whaanga Coast test, with dramatic views over the ocean. Each leg includes a short test at Mystery Creek, in view of the service park. There are 18 stages in total, covering 353.04km in a route of 1218.20km. <pre> RALLY NEW ZEALAND ROUND 11 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 28 - 31 August 2008
Thursday 28 August: Ceremonial start Start Hood Street, Hamilton 18.30
Friday 29 August: Day 1 Hamilton - Hamilton Start Mystery Creek 08.20 SS1 Pirongia West 1 24.22km 09.18 SS2.1 Waitomo 1 part 1 25.85km 10.21 SS2.2 Waitomo 1 part 2 17.36km 10.54 Serv A Mystery Creek (30 mins) 12.39 SS3 Pirongia West 2 24.22km 14.07 SS4.1 Waitomo 2 part 1 25.85km 15.10 SS4.2 Waitomo 2 part 2 17.36km 15.43 SS5 Mystery Creek 1 3.14km 17.03 Serv B Mystery Creek (45 mins) 17.18 Finish Mystery Creek 18.03 Total 138.00km
Saturday 30 August: Day 2 Hamilton - Hamilton Serv C Mystery Creek (15 mins) 06.50 SS6 Port Waikato 17.22km 09.08 SS7 Possum 13.78km 09.46 SS8 Franklin 31.58km 10.24 SS9 Mystery Creek 2 3.14km 12.37 Serv D Mystery Creek (30 mins) 13.15 SS10 Te Akau South 31.92km 15.03 SS11 Te Akau North 32.36km 15.46 Serv E Mystery Creek (45 mins) 17.46 Finish Mystery Creek 18.34 Total 130.00km
Sunday 31 August: Day 3 Hamilton - Hamilton Serv F Mystery Creek (15 mins) 07.45 SS12 Te Hutewai 1 11.23km 09.23 SS13 Whaanga Coast 1 29.72km 09.51 RSZ G Raglan (15 mins) 10.57 SS14 Te Hutewai 2 11.23km 11.28 SS15 Whaanga Coast 2 29.72km 11.56 SS16 Mystery Creek 3 3.14km 14.00 Serv H Mystery Creek (10 mins) 14.18 Finish Mystery Creek 15.00 Total 85.04km
Rally total 353.04km