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Hayden Paddon the best again on South Canterbury Rally roads


Hayden Paddon and Jared Hudson on there way to winning the Rally South Canterbury title.

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Hayden Paddon and Jared Hudson on there approach to successful the Rally South Canterbury title.

Hayden Paddon cruised to a different dwelling win in Rally South Canterbury on Saturday, ending 4 minutes away from the sphere.

The win was his third straight within the 2022 New Zealand Rally Championship and achieved with a stand-in co-driver, Jared Hudson, who turn into the youngest spherical winner in NZRC historical past.

Paddon, a former World Rally Championship driver was the primary seed driving his Hyundai among the many 83 starters over the 9 particular levels and his victory is his fourth prior to now 5 years, with the 2020 occasion not held.

“It’s all the time good to win at your own home rally,” Paddon stated on Sunday.

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Paddon, who was raised in Geraldine and began his rallying profession in South Canterbury, is now primarily based in Cromwell and Saturday’s occasion was his final in New Zealand earlier than flying out to Italy on Monday for the Rally di Alba on June 24-25.

He stated any day behind the wheel and on the roads, and a superb quantity of seat time, is all the time good and the racing on South Canterbury roads was a little bit of a confidence increase earlier than heading to Europe.

The shingle flies as Dave Ollis and Gemma Thomas power their Subaru WRX through a corner.

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The shingle flies as Dave Ollis and Gemma Thomas energy their Subaru WRX by means of a nook.

Younger co-driver Hudson was provided the seat as Paddon’s common co-driver John Kennard is already in Europe forward of their first European occasion in two years.

Paddon stated the 2 hardest levels of the weekend rally for him was Meyers Go and Waimate forest resulting from their techncical nature.

Marcus van Klink and Dave O’Neill in a Mazda RX8, celebrated a return to the championship by claiming first overall 2WD.

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Marcus van Klink and Dave O’Neill in a Mazda RX8, celebrated a return to the championship by claiming first total 2WD.

Together with the beautiful frosty circumstances, which Paddon stated is a staple for the South Canterbury Rally, the day of racing went down properly.

Paddon led dwelling Ben Hunt (Skoda Fabia R5), who needed to work exhausting on the ultimate two levels after his buffer was erased with a puncture on stage seven.

Hunt did sufficient to carry off Matt Summerfield (Mitsubishi Mirage AP4) and Ari Pettigrew (Holden Barina AP4) to offer his title probabilities a big increase.

Summerfield was awarded the Drive of the Rally after his first podium end of the season whereas Pettigrew saved his title probabilities alive with a second successive podium.

Phil Campbell and Brianna Little drive their Ford Fiesta on Draffin Road during Rally South Canterbury. The pair finished fifth overall.

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Phil Campbell and Brianna Little drive their Ford Fiesta on Draffin Street throughout Rally South Canterbury. The pair completed fifth total.

South Canterbury Automotive Membership Rally secretary Howard Atwill stated the primary couple levels have been affected by frost nevertheless it principally solely made for a chilly morning for spectators, with drivers having minimal issues with ice.

Atwill stated out of the 83 automobiles that began, 66 have been deemed as finishers.

“There are a listing of explanation why individuals didn’t end, however some of the widespread causes was mechanical failure.”

Punctures have been a standard theme through the day.

“Some rally’s are simply dominated with them I believe,” Atwill stated.

There was just one small incident however the driver and co-driver have been okay, Atwill stated.

Josh Marston and Andrew Graves power their Holden Barina AP4 through a corner on Draffins Rd during Rally South Canterbury on Saturday. The pair were plagued by problems on the day, suffering a puncture and then a late mechanical failure during the last stage at Levels Raceway.

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Josh Marston and Andrew Graves energy their Holden Barina AP4 by means of a nook on Draffins Rd throughout Rally South Canterbury on Saturday. The pair have been affected by issues on the day, struggling a puncture after which a late mechanical failure over the last stage at Ranges Raceway.

Paddon added the pre rally occasions have been nice and was an excellent factor for the neighborhood.

“It’s all the time nice to see the neighborhood concerned, the youngsters kart occasion on Wednesday was nice and Friday night time seeing everybody for the ceremonial begin, the world was packed. It was nice to see,” he stated.

The New Zealand championship heads again to the North Island for subsequent month’s Rally Hawke’s Bay.



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