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New Zealand entry list released.

The organisers of the Repco Rally New Zealand published the official entry list for their event on Thursday, the eleventh round in the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship.

65 crews are due to start the round, which runs from August 28-31, with all six manufacturer teams in action. In addition the privateer PH Sport-run Citroen C4 WRCs of Conrad Rautenbach and Urmo Aava will also make the trip to Hamilton, bringing the total number of crews in WRC cars to 14.

Of the rest, 24 runners will be able to score points in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship including current P-WRC leader, Andreas Aigner, as well as the likes of Toshi Arai, Juha Hanninen and Jari Ketomaa.

Three New Zealanders will fly the flag for the locals in the P-WRC, with Chris West and Hayden Paddon competing as 'wild cards', courtesy of winning a Rally New Zealand scholarship, while Stewart Taylor takes over the entry of Amjad Farrah and the Orion World Rally Team for this event using his usual Mitsubishi.

"Last year we said we couldn't recall drivers of so many nationalities coming to compete here. We had entrants from 24 countries then, but this year we have entrants from 25 countries, including Italy, Zimbabwe and China. So once again, we can say with assurance that Repco Rally New Zealand is truly popular with drivers and teams from all over the world," noted Rally NZ general manager Paul Mallard.

"We're delighted to see Stewart Taylor have this opportunity with a P-WRC team and to welcome back Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block. With regular P-WRC star Toshi Arai, Red Bull Rallye Team's Andreas Aigner and another Finnish rally star Juho Hänninen here with Ralliart New Zealand, we have a talent-filled P-WRC field set to contest Repco Rally New Zealand."

Another 27 competitors meanwhile, classed 'non-priority' under WRC rules, complete the field. Of these, 14 are vying for points in the Vantage Aluminium Joinery New Zealand Rally Championship. This 'all-comers' entry list is led by Richard Mason, the current holder of the John Woolf and Grant Whittaker Memorial Trophy for first New Zealander home on last year's event.

Other notable names in this group include Andrew Hawkeswood, as well as former Chinese rally champion Cao Liu Dong in a Possum Bourne Motorsport-run Subaru and New Zealander Tony Green competing in his first-ever rally on home soil. Green, who won the last round of the Chinese championship, is relatively unknown in New Zealand but has competed in a Subaru in the United Kingdom and China with distinction.

The full entry list, which is still subject to FIA approval, is as follows:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 07 M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 07 M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 M
6. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 M
7. Gigi Galli Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
10. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 MT
11. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC M
12. Per-Gunnar Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC M

14. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC A8
15. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC A8

31. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
32. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
33. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
34. Gianluca Linari Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
35. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
37. Spyros Pavlides Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
38. Stewart Taylor Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
39. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
41. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
42. Bernardo Sousa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
43. Evgeniy Vertunov Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
44. Gabor Mayer Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
46. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
47. Giorgio Bacco Subaru Impreza P
50. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
51. Subhan Aksa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
52. Juho Hanninen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 P
54. Ken Block Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
55. Patrik Sandell Peugeot 207 S2000 P
56. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 P
57. Martin Rauam Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
58. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi P
59. Hayden Paddon Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P
60. Chris West Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX P

61. Richard Mason Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
62. Andrew Hawkeswood Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII A8
63. Mark Tapper Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX N4
64. Callum McInnes Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
65. Glen Inkster Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.5 A8
66. Nathan Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII A8
67. Emma Gilmour Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
68. Cao Dong Liu Subaru Impreza WRX STI N4
69. Sloan Cox Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII N4
70. Malcolm Stewart Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.5 A8
71. Brad Ayling Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
72. Grant Barber Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
73. Andre Meier Subaru Impreza N4
74. Kirsty Nelson Subaru Impreza N4
75. Tony Green Subaru Impreza WRX STI N4
76. Bruce Fullerton Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII N4
77. Brent Taylor Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII N4
78. Masahiro Nakajima Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
79. Georg Reitsperger Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX N4
80. Allan Geddes Subaru Impreza N4
81. Trevor Taylor Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX N4
82. Brendan Reeves Ford Fiesta ST N3
83. Patrick Malley Ford Fiesta ST N3
84. Ben Jagger Ford Fiesta ST N3
85. Tomoki Ohashi Subaru Impreza WRX STi N4
86. Dermott Malley Ford Fiesta ST N3
87. Motoharu Kaseya Ford Fiesta ST N3

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
P - denotes Production Car WRC entry.


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