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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OTT TÄNAK CLAIMED HIS SECOND WRC WIN OF THE SEASON IN GERMANY ON SUNDAY AS TEAM-MATE SEBASTIEN OGIER REGAINED THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD. Tänak, who broke his career duck with victory in Italy in June, drove his Ford Fiesta to a 16.4sec victory over Andreas Mikkelsen at the asphalt ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Ogier finished third to […]

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SÉBASTIEN LOEB WAS IMPRESSED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF THE LATEST GENERATION WORLD RALLY CARS DURING HIS COMEBACK TEST WITH CITROËN RACING ON TUESDAY. The nine-time world champion drove the French manufacturer’s C3 on asphalt and told wrc.com afterwards: “The feeling was really good. It was impressive how fast it is in the fast corners compared to […]

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Rally New Zealand organisers today said that it is unlikely that the event will return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar next year. Latest discussions with the FIA and the World Rally Championship Promoter (WRC Promoter) suggest that expanding the 2018 Championship for a new event outside Europe will prove too challenging because of […]

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AFTER 12 YEARS AND 109 RALLY STARTS ALONGSIDE HAYDEN PADDON, JOHN KENNARD HUNG UP HIS CO-DRIVING OVERALLS EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND IN THE RUN UP NESTE RALLY FINLAND, HYUNDAI PAID TRIBUTE TO HIS CONTRIBUTION TO BOTH PADDON’S CAREER AND THE TEAM. Finland is where Kennard contested his first WRC event as a co-driver, at the […]

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This year’s high-speed edition of Rally Finland did not pan out as Hayden Paddon and co-driver Sebastian Marshall hoped, with the Hyundai Motorsport pair dogged by misfortune. On the positive side, they demonstrated front-running pace and displayed the sort of never-give-up attitude needed to succeed at the top of world rallying. Paddon and Marshall started […]

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ESAPEKKA LAPPI SECURED A SHOCK MAIDEN FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY IN FINLAND ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. Novice Lappi, driving for only the fourth time at the WRC’s top level, won Neste Rally Finland by 36.0sec in a Toyota Yaris. The 26-year-old overcame a late scare after breaking a wheel in the penultimate speed test to […]

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Twelve years, 109 starts, 26 victories, 45 podiums – those are the statistics that mark the competitive career of Kiwi co-driver John Kennard alongside our homegrown World Rally Championship star Hayden Paddon. This week, during the lead-up to Rally Finland starting Thursday 27 July (EEST), Paddon and Hyundai Motorsport paid tribute to Kennard’s contribution to […]

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