Professional rally driver Hayden Paddon will continue with his new co-driver Brit Sebastian Marshall for all future events following a mutually-agreed decision between Paddon and long-time co-driver John Kennard. In a decision announced in March, Kennard was scheduled to conclude his competitive career alongside Paddon at Rally Finland. Marshall, who has worked with Hyundai Motorsport […]

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HAYDEN PADDON RATES LAST WEEK’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL AS HIS MOST ENJOYABLE ROUND OF THE SEASON SO FAR, DESPITE THE MISERY OF TWO MECHANICAL-RELATED RETIREMENTS THAT WRECKED HIS CHANCE OF VICTORY. The Kiwi driver began the rally desperate to turn around a disastrous start to the season which has left him languishing eighth in […]

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SÉBASTIEN OGIER CLAIMED A LANDMARK FIFTH VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL WIN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. He increased his FIA World Rally Championship lead with his second victory of the season by 15.6sec from Thierry Neuville. His 40th career success matched the record five Portugal wins of Finn Markku Alén. Ogier, who scored his maiden WRC win […]

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A rally of what might have been is how Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon describes Rally de Portugal, which wrapped up on Sunday afternoon (Western European summer time). With new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall alongside for the first time at a World Rally Championship event, Paddon’s result way down the running order didn’t reflect the […]

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Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon is all set to put his best foot forward as he and UK co-driver Sebastian Marshall tackle their first World Rally Championship event together at the 18-21 May running of Rally de Portugal. Marshall was scheduled to take over from Paddon’s long-time co-driver John Kennard at Rally Finland in July, […]

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JOHN KENNARD, LONGTIME CO-DRIVER TO HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT’S HAYDEN PADDON, WILL MISS NEXT WEEK’S VODAFONE RALLY DE PORTUGAL (18 – 21 MAY) THROUGH INJURY. Kennard (above left) aggravated an existing hip condition at last month’s YPF Rally Argentina and doctors have advised him to stand down for the gravel road encounter, round six of the FIA […]

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The 2018 World Rally Championship will include one extra event in either New Zealand or Croatia, with a 16-round calendar targeted by 2022. New Zealand has been absent from the WRC schedule since 2012, but WRC Promoter chief Oliver Ciesla is keen on it returning – especially now the country has a frontrunning driver in […]

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A sixth-place finish in the 2017 edition of Rally Argentina wasn’t the result Hayden Paddon was hoping for, but successfully completing the tough event he won last year has at least inched the Kiwi into seventh equal place on the FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ points table. Paddon said: “You could not have written a […]

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Thierry Neuville denied Elfyn Evans and DMACK a first World Rally Championship win by just 0.7 seconds in an incredible finish to Rally Argentina. Evans’s large early lead had been reduced to just 0.6s going into the final stage, and though he initially looked set to hang on a small late error allowed Neuville to […]

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Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon acknowledges he hasn’t had the best start to the year, but he and co-driver John Kennard are looking for some improving momentum as they return to Argentina, the scene of their history-making first World Rally Championship victory last year. “It is one of the roughest events on the calendar, and […]

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