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British rally co-driver Phil Hall will head to New Zealand today (Monday 24th April) to contest the International Rally of Whangarei alongside domestic rally ace Rhys Gardner.

The 28 year old from Mansfield near Nottingham had just secured a deal to contest a round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship in Australia with Rhys Pinter at the end of May, but the progressive co-driver was keen to work on plans for other outings in the southern hemisphere.

Having had the call up from New Zealand, Hall will head out this week to settle into the team and prepare for the two-day gravel event.

Hall has recently enjoyed success on the World Rally Championship round in Corsica and has previously contested the Australian round of the series on two occasions.  Hall now has the opportunity to sit alongside Gardner in his Mazda 2 AP4 and the newly formed duo will have their sights set firmly on a podium result at the event.

Gardner took third overall last time out at the New Zealand Rally Championship opener, The Rally of Otago. Hall will be once again supported by and is excited to be traveling to the other side of the world in a front running car.

“It’s been a roller coaster of a week to be honest and everything has been rather last minute but when you have the opportunity to be part of a front running team in any domestic series you have to grab it with both hands” says Hall.

“I’m really excited to be heading to New Zealand for the event. I think any true rally fan is well aware of the heritage of the stages there which of course Colin McRae & Nicky Grist made pretty much their own. The stages used on the rally are in a very similar region to that of the World Championship event too which is rather special. Add together the fact that I am being mentored by Nicky, makes it sure to be an even more memorable experience in so many ways.”

The International Rally of Whangarei commences with an opening ceremony on Friday 29 April with the following two days comprising over 242 km of competitive gravel stages in the Whangarei and Far North districts to the North.

Hall is sponsored by WWW.ITSMYMOTORSPORT.CO.UK

Image credit Becky Ladbrook

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