Paddon Dominates Otago

Hyundai New Zealand star, Hayden Paddon, has completed a dominant weekend at the Otago Rally, winning all but one stage to take victory by over nine minutes.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard finished victorious, winning the APRC Pacific Cup section of the Otago Rally.

The WRC round-winning pair scored 14 stage wins across the weekend, and will move to the next round in Whangarei full of confidence, and with their eyes keenly focused on the APRC grand final in China later this year.

Driving a pair of Mazda 2 AP4s, father and son Andrew and Jack Hawkeswood finished in second and third places.

Hayden Paddon, Otago Rally 2019
Andrew Hawkeswood, Otago Rally 2019
On his second trip to Dunedin, Norwegian Mads Ostberg won the Winmax Brakes International Otago Classic Rally.

Driving a Ford Escort RS1800, Ostberg and co-driver Torstein Erkisen led home fellow Escort driver Derek Ayson by almost two minutes.

FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship – Pacific Cup
1. H. Paddon / J. Kennard, Hyundai i20 AP4, 2h25m54.3s
2. A. Hawkeswood / J. Cress, Mazda 2 AP4, +15m25.6s
3. J. Hawkeswood / A. Parkin, Mazda 2 AP4, +33m59.8s

Photos: Geoff Ridder