28-year-old David Holder, originally from Invercargill and now living in Tauranga, recently outlined his plans to take his rallying career international, but needed to await official confirmation that he’d been selected to take part in the five-round Junior World Rally Champion in 2018.
Holder and his regular co-driver, Hamiltonian Jason Farmer, will push on with finding the budget to compete in the one-make series in which all teams compete with M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta R2 EcoBoost rally cars.
Holder checks out what's under the hood
“There’s been a lot of work and planning already happening in the background so it’s nice to know we’ve been selected,” Holder says, “There are still a lot of hurdles to overcome, none more so than the 185,000 Euro budget to compete. I know without a doubt that I will make sure we are on the start line in Sweden, no matter what it takes!
The pair will be the first New Zealanders to compete in the entry level World Rally Championship which takes in some of the WRC’s key European events: Sweden in February, Corsica (France) in April, Portugal in May, Finland in July and the unknown roads of Turkey in September.