Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are set to contest two FIA World Rally Championship events before the end of the year – piloting the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 MkII at Wales Rally GB and returning to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC at Rally Australia. As one of the sport’s most popular competitors, […]

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OTT TÄNAK WON HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO TAKE ANOTHER HUGE STRIDE TOWARDS A MAIDEN FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE. He survived a late scare to claim his fourth victory in five rounds, leading Toyota to its first clean sweep of the podium since 1993 and the first in the […]

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HAYDEN PADDON HAS BEEN RULED OUT OF THIS WEEK’S NESTE RALLY FINLAND (1 – 4 AUGUST) FOLLOWING A TEST CRASH ON MONDAY AFTERNOON ABOARD THE FORD FIESTA WORLD RALLY CAR HE WAS DUE TO DRIVE IN JYVÄSKYLÄ. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team principal Rich Millener confirmed the Kiwi’s entry car was too badly damaged and […]

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New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon knows he needs to make a positive impression at this weekend’s Rally Finland, his first World Rally Championship event since finishing second at Rally Australia last November. With John Kennard returning to his co-driver’s role, Paddon is feeling as ready as he can be for his tenth run at the high-speed […]

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HAYDEN PADDON WILL MAKE A SENSATIONAL RETURN TO THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AT NEXT MONTH’S NESTE RALLY FINLAND, DRIVING AN M-SPORT FORD FIESTA WRC. The Kiwi concluded the deal late last week and will test the car shortly before the start of the Jyväskylä rally. Paddon admitted missing out on a Hyundai seat – after […]

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OTT TÄNAK WITHSTOOD INTENSE PRESSURE TO CLAIM HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY IN AN ACTION-PACKED FINALE IN PORTUGAL ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. He claimed a third triumph of the season at Vodafone Rally de Portugal, his second in a row following last month’s success in Chile, to move within two points of championship leader Sébastien Ogier. Driving […]

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OTT TÄNAK REIGNITED HIS FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BID WITH VICTORY AT THE INAUGURAL COPEC RALLY CHILE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. The Estonian led from the second of the 16 speed tests on Friday morning in a Toyota Yaris. He measured his pace on wet, slippery and foggy forest tracks to claim his second win […]

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THIERRY NEUVILLE EXTENDED HIS FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH A SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY AT XION RALLY ARGENTINA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. The Belgian, driving a Hyundai i20, headed team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen by 48.4sec to stretch his series lead to 14 points after five of the 14 rounds. World champion Sébastien Ogier snatched third in a […]

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New Zealand has been tipped for a one-off return to the World Rally Championship next season, taking Australia’s slot on the 2020 calendar. Rally Australia’s current agreement with host town Coffs Harbour is up at the end of this season and there is no real desire from WRC stakeholders to return to the New South […]

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WRC DRIVERS HAYDEN PADDON AND MADS ØSTBERG STARRED ON LAST WEEKEND’S OTAGO RALLY IN NEW ZEALAND. Both are battling to return to full-time WRC programmes and did their hopes no harm with strong victories in their respective classes. Paddon dominated the Dunedin-based event in his Hyundai i20 AP4 – a car built to the FIA’s […]

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