Rally mania hits Auckland!

Now you're starting to wonder if I'm an absolute petrol head right? Well, you're probably right and the World Rally Championship only comes down the this way every 2 years or so, so why not check it out?

While most of the racing stages are set in picturesque countryside up north and around Raglan, the event is actually based at the Viaduct Events Centre in central Auckland. Check out the website for times, but you can catch the cars as they head in and out each day, get right up close to the mechanics as they work flat out to get crashed cars back in the race. There are even several stages in the Auckland Domain on Sunday, the last day of the event, so you can see some of the action without even venturing 'over the Bombay Hills'.

I captured the Mini Cooper of Dani Sordo (ProDrive - the same team that got an Aston Martin on the podium at Le Mans in the weekend) at lunchtime while the mechanics were hard at work...