Hayden Paddon will contest five national rallies at home in New Zealand to stay sharp in gaps in his seven-round World Rally Championship programme with Hyundai. Paddon is sharing Hyundai’s third i20 Coupe WRC with Dani Sordo this season while Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen contest every round. “I’m not going to pretend I don’t […]

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New Zealander Hayden Paddon is taking a fresh approach to the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship season as he and co-driver Brit Seb Marshall prepare to return to competition in the updated Hyundai i20 Coupe world rally car. Hyundai Motorsport has announced that Paddon and Marshall will share the #6 Hyundai with team-mate Dani Sordo […]

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David Holder’s entry in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship has been confirmed by championship co-ordinators M-Sport Poland. The 28-year-old, 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 content the five-round JWRC. With this […]

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THIERRY NEUVILLE WON HIS FOURTH FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF 2017 ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE SEASON FINALE IN AUSTRALIA. The Belgian overcame torrential rain in the final day to win Kennards Hire Rally Australia in a Hyundai i20 by 22.5sec, securing the WRC runners-up position for the third time in five years. Jari-Matti […]

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Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon and co-driver Seb Marshall ended their 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season on a positive note, in the right place at the right time to finish third overall at Rally Australia. The Hyundai pairing stated their goal for this rally was to relax, enjoy the stages and let the results […]

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Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle completed a brilliant victory on Rally Catalunya, while Sebastien Ogier extended his World Rally Championship lead after Thierry Neuville retired. Meeke has struggled all season with an ill-performing C3 WRC and a number of driver errors – leading to him being dropped for Rally Poland – but the Dungannon driver […]

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Andreas Mikkelsen has secured a two-year deal with Hyundai that keeps him at the team through the 2018 and ’19 World Rally Championships. Mikkelsen is making his debut for Hyundai at next week’s Rally Catalunya, having made a late-season switch from Citroen. Autosport understands that was always intended as the precursor to a full-season drive next year, […]

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Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon has been dropped by his Hyundai team for next month’s Rally of Spain. Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen has switched from Citroen to Hyundai for the remainder of the World Rally Championship, taking Paddon’s seat for Spain and throwing his future there in doubt. Paddon’s struggled through 2017 to date, failed to finish […]

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Rally Poland will be dropped from the World Rally Championship schedule for 2018 following repeated breaches of spectator security, with Turkey taking its place on the calendar. The event’s demise after four successive years (six in total) in the WRC was telegraphed when the FIA experienced further problems in trying to control spectators at the […]

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