DustTrails, Episode 25: John Kennard, Paddon’s right hand man

John Kennard is a well-respected member of any service park he enters, and on this episode of the podcast, he discusses his longtime partnership with New Zealand’s best, Hayden Paddon.

From humble beginnings in 2005, while still setting back in New Zealand life, Kennard was impressed by the teenage Paddon who had the highest of ambitions.

He explains to Peter Whitten the ups and downs of the early career and the career-altering offer that got them into a World Rally Car for the first time when all seemed lost at the end of the 2013 season.

Kennard also talks about their rise to the top of the WRC with Hyundai from learning the ropes at the top level to the feeling of winning in Argentina in 2016 to the lows that followed immediately after and what continued through 2017.

It is a fantastic chat with a Kiwi rallying legend.

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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.

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