New Zealand’s top driver Hayden Paddon has been signed by Hyundai Motorsport to contest seven events in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in a Hyundai i20 world rally car with long-time co-driver John Kennard.
Paddon and Kennard will compete in Hyundai Motorsport’s third i20 world rally car, entered as Hyundai Motorsport N with the potential to earn points in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships.
Paddon is delighted about the opportunity which sees him become the first New Zealander to secure such a professional contract in the modern era of rallying.
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Paddon, the 26-year-old former FIA Production car World Rally Champion from Geraldine in New Zealand’s South Island, is already based in the German city of Frankfurt, less than 50 km from the team’s headquarters in Alzenau. Kennard from his home in Blenheim joins Paddon at each event.
“It is literally a dream come true to have a good programme in a world rally car within one of the most exciting teams and manufacturers in world motorsport,” says Paddon. “This is culmination of 18 years of work, with a lot of sweat and tears and a lot of support from New Zealanders to help make this possible. Now we have to take this massive opportunity with both hands, maximise the potential learning and results from our seven events in the Hyundai i20 WRC and build our career in the WRC.”