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Rallysprint record set for demolition by Paddon and i20

Hayden Paddon is on track for a record run at Ashley Forest. Photo: Geoff Ridder

Hayden Paddon is set to smash the Ashley Forest Rallysprint record tomorrow after dominating a shortened first day of the event in New Zealand’s South Island.

Driving his Hyundai i20 AP4++ car, Paddon set a time of 55.24 seconds over the course, well clear of his nearest rival.

Only two of the planned four runs were held due to a number of delays, meaning Paddon may have up to seven runs tomorrow – the final two scheduled runs, before the field is reduced to 32, 16, 8, 4, then 2.

Alister McRae struggled early in the ex-Possum Bourne Impreza World Rally Car with only two-wheel drive, but recovered on run two to set a time just three seconds behind Paddon.

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Flames shoot from Alister McRae’s Subaru World Rally Car at Ashley Forest. Photo: Geoff Ridder

Current record holder and 2017 winner, Sloan Cox, had engine problems in his Mitsubishi Lancer Hillclimb Special, reportedly dropping a cylinder.

The action continues on Sunday, September 23, and can be watched live via the Ashley Forest Rallysprint Facebook page.

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.

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