Paddon and Hyundai NZ launch young driver scholarship
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.