Pad­don and Hyundai NZ launch young driver schol­ar­ship

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT - By Kate Gor­don-Smith. Photo by Ge­off Rid­der

New Zealand’s world rally star Hay­den Pad­don has joined forces with Hyundai New Zealand to give a young Kiwi rally driver a ma­jor stepup with their rally ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions.

Pad­don and Hyundai New Zealand have col­lab­o­rated to cre­ate the Hyundai NZ Young Driver Shootout and Schol­ar­ship.

As well as the op­por­tu­nity to drive a Hyundai NZ AP4 i20 rally car run by Pad­don Mo­tor­sport in two rounds of the 2017 New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onship, the win­ner will get test­ing and train­ing with Pad­don him­self, plus the po­ten­tial for an ex­panded pro­gramme in 2018.

Works Hyundai WRC driver Pad­don says he is pas­sion­ate and driven to help the growth of New Zealand ral­ly­ing.

“The Hyundai NZ Young Driver Shootout and Schol­ar­ship is the first step of a plan cre­ated ear­lier this year. We want to help grow the sport and help de­velop the ca­reer of a tal­ented young driver – to give a leg up to the next po­ten­tial Kiwi in­ter­na­tional rally star,” Pad­don says.

Hyundai New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Andy Sin­clair shares the same vi­sion and pas­sion as Pad­don to grow the sport of ral­ly­ing in New Zealand while search­ing for new young tal­ent.

Sin­clair ex­plains: “It’s in­cred­i­bly hard for Kiwi driv­ers to make their way to the high­est lev­els in this spec­tac­u­lar global sport. We were very proud to have helped Hay­den right when he needed to take the step up into a WRC drive; now this schol­ar­ship will give one lucky Kiwi driver a huge step for­ward in their ral­ly­ing ca­reer.”

Hay­den Pad­don with the Hyundai AP4 rally car that the schol­ar­ship win­ner will drive.

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