The World Rally Championship’s Aotearoa (it means land of the long, white cloud) is long overdue. New Zealand is a sports-mad nation that totally gets the WRC and loved taking it to heart year after year. The series hasn’t been to the bottom end of the earth and landed in the South Pacific since 2012, which means only a handful of the drivers (Ott Tänak, Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, Ott Tänak and hopefully Hayden Paddon) have actually experienced the camber-surfing pleasure of rallying in this part of the world.
The stages are an absolute dream to drive, with smooth gravel rotating the cars into some of most beautifully flowing roads anywhere on planet earth. And the camber thing really does work, with the drivers hooking the car up into the corner and pulling unreasonable speeds. But get it wrong, get just a wheel on the wrong side of the crown of the road and you’re out of there.