Hayden Paddon secures NZRC title at Coromandel
- 18th August 2018, 6:28pm
Phil Campbell and Matt Hayward finished a superb sixth in their Ford Fiesta AP4 in just the second NZRC event for the car. They were awarded the Dunlop Drive of the Rally for their performance. In all nine different manufacturers finished inside the top 10 to highlight how competitive the championship has become. Grant Blackberry and Ric Chalmers came home seventh overall and comfortably took out the Gull Rally Challenge 4WD category in another strong display. Brynley Smith and Andrew beck were awarded the Gull Fuel prize for their fourth-place finish and for a top 20 overall result. Four-time NZRC champion Bruce Herbert and co-driver Bevan Parker won the Gull Rally Challenge 2WD category in their Mitsubishi Lancer EX. Dylan Thomson and Amy Hudson made it five-straight victories in the class two front wheel drive category while they also ensured the impressive young pairing would win the overall MotorSport New Zealand 2WD championship with one round to spare. Regan Ross and Samantha Gray took out the Historic 2WD class and were 17th overall having battled some early morning dramas in their Ford Escort. The Mo Bros entry of Matt Adams and Carol Liston claimed victory in the Stadium Finance Group A Challenge in their Mitsubishi Galant VR4. The Hella Moment of the Rally was presented to the lead car co-pilot Carl Fenn for coming to the rescue of the live streaming team and dropping them a key cable that allowed the broadcast to take place. The 2018 championship concludes at the Hyundai Raglan Rally of the Coast in October.
Really happy to wrap up our 4th NZ Rally Championship with a win at Rally Coromandel. We had to work for it today, with blown turbo hoses on 3 stages meaning it was damage limitation. Big thanks to our guys who did a great job! @HyundaiNZ now have their first NZ Motorsport title! pic.twitter.com/FFiozJddDe— Hayden Paddon (@HaydenPaddon) August 18, 2018
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