NZ rally to go ahead despite flight snags

AUCKLAND: Next week’s Rally of New Zealand will go ahead after the teams had confirmation their cars would get to Auckland in time despite the backlog of flights leaving Europe because of eruptions from an Icelandic volcano.

The volcanic ash grounded most European flights over a week ago leaving the teams stranded in Turkey after the latest leg of the series, with the M-Sport outfit that runs the works BP Ford Abu Dhabi, Stobart and Munchi team’s forced to take buses back to their base in Britain.

Organisers in New Zealand, however, said yesterday that airplanes carrying the team’s cars and equipment are scheduled to depart London and Amsterdam today and will arrive in time for the May 7-9 race.

“There’s no doubt the event will be going ahead as planned,” Rally New Zealand chairman Chris Carr said in a statement on the event’s website (

“Both Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have confirmed their schedules, and we expect both cars and people to arrive on time.” — Reuters

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