R2G – Rally Race Group
Paul has been involved in rally and race events since 1999, firstly as a co-driver in national championship and international rallies, before turning his attention to event management.
Paul has competed in New Zealand Rally Championship events from 2000 through to 2011 and won the New Zealand Rally Championship title for co-drivers in 2010. During this time, Paul also competed as co-driver in events in Australia, Thailand, India and Japan.
In 2006 Paul became involved in event operations, firstly as venue event manager for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 New Zealand round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. This led onto many more years in circuit-racing event management. In 2020 and with COVID on our shores, Paul led the event planning and delivery of the Repco Battle of Jacks Ridge before heading back to the circuits as operations manager for the Valvoline D1NZ National Drifting Championship. After years of motorsport event experience, Paul was appointed as operations director for WRC Repco Rally New Zealand and has just completed the first full season of Super Sprint Motorsport NZ Championship and Valvoline D1NZ National Drifting Championship as operations manager.
A Manawatu local, Tony began Rallying in 1986 as a co-driver at the Daybreaker Rally. It was a marathon event those years ago, starting at midnight and finishing at 4pm the next day.
He then entered the workforce qualifying as a fitter turner machinist, before going on to work as a fulltime rally engineer. Successfully obtaining 4x New Zealand titles with Bruce Herbert as a key team member, working for Neil Allport and more recently for Andrew Hawkeswood as team manager for Force Motorsport, obtaining another New Zealand Championship title.
His own success hasn’t gone unnoticed with him being the first globally to rally a hayabusa motorcycle engine in a rally car, achieving multiple class and rally titles nationwide. He now still builds rally cars and is also the current chairman of the Motorsport New Zealand Rally Commission. In addition, he has spent the past summer working with the SuperSprint NZ team, in delivering the tier 1 New Zealand race championship season at various events across New Zealand.