Sil­ver lin­ing

Motor Equipment News - - ED SPEAK - John

Ev­ery cloud has a sil­ver lin­ing, they say, and I can’t help think­ing the sad news that Volk­swa­gen is pulling out of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship at the end of this year might well con­vert to good news for our own WRC con­tender, Hay­den Pad­don, and his Hyundai team.

It’s a great pity VW is with­draw­ing from the sport, but it’s a move that was ex­pected on the back of the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of the emis­sions scan­dal. But al­though VW has been the dom­i­nant force this year, Hyundai has been snap­ping at its heels, and in­deed, Hay­den brought home NZ’s first WRC over­all vic­tory (as well as a few podi­ums) so there’s def­i­nitely the pace and the abil­ity there.

The Hyundai team gets bet­ter with each rally, and has def­i­nitely proved this year it’s the one to watch.

For­tu­nately for the sport Toy­ota is step­ping back into WRC from 2017, ef­fec­tively re­plac­ing Volk­swa­gen, so the en­try lists won’t be any shorter, but I fully ex­pect they’ll be on a learn­ing curve that will keep them be­hind the Hyundais, and our man Hay­den!

That said, it’s been a great old year for us at Mo­tor Equip­ment News, and we’re con­tin­u­ing apace as we move to­wards a new year.

I know the whole team is look­ing for­ward to a good break and a bit of a rest, and at the same time I know they will join me in wish­ing all our read­ers and our ad­ver­tis­ers a re­ally great Christ­mas break and a happy new year.

Oh, and if you fancy spend­ing time in the bright lights, make sure you get a sober driver, bus, or taxi to get you home if you’ve had a drink or two – oth­er­wise those bright lights may well turn into blue ones, and we don’t want that, do we?

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