Quan­tock wins Hyundai NZ Rally Schol­ar­ship

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Young Can­ter­bury driver Job Quan­tock has won the in­au­gu­ral Hyundai NZ Young Driver Shootout and Schol­ar­ship.

The schol­ar­ship is a pro­gramme de­vel­oped by works WRC Hyundai driver Hay­den Pad­don in part­ner­ship with Hyundai New Zealand and the Hyundai-backed Pin­na­cle Pro­gramme for tal­ented teenagers.

Orig­i­nally from Ash­bur­ton and now based in Ohoka, north of Christchurch, 22-year-old Quan­tock will now ben­e­fit in a range of ways from the pro­gramme de­signed to boost his motorsport ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions. In­cluded will be the op­por­tu­nity to drive the Hyundai NZ AP4 i20 rally car run by Pad­don Rallysport in two rounds of the 2017 New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onship, as well as test­ing and train­ing with Pad­don.

There is also the po­ten­tial for an ex­panded pro­gramme in 2018 for Quan­tock with the Hyundai NZ Young Driver Schol­ar­ship.

Quan­tock is rel­a­tively new to rally com­pe­ti­tion, hav­ing con­tested his first full sea­son in 2016, yet he took sec­ond over­all in the 2016 Main­land Rally Se­ries and fin­ished sec­ond in two other re­gional ral­lies.

He im­pressed Pad­don and other judges to win the two-day shootout held in Auck­land and the Mara­marua For­est in De­cem­ber last year.

The schol­ar­ship at­tracted over 180 ap­pli­cants with the other four fi­nal­ists be­ing: • Max Bay­ley, 20, Hawke’s Bay. • Sloan Cox, 24, Ro­torua. • Matt Sum­mer­field, 24, Ran­giora. • Dy­lan Thom­son, 21, Waiuku.

Speak­ing shortly after be­ing told he’d won the schol­ar­ship, Quan­tock was still find­ing the right words.

“It’s amaz­ing; a sur­real feel­ing to win. There was al­ways a chance of win­ning, but I wasn’t too sure how big a chance we had, be­ing rel­a­tively new to the sport. It was who­ever had the best pack­age that Hyundai was look­ing for; luck­ily that was us.”

Hyundai NZ Young Driver Shootout winner Job Quan­tock and co-driver Alan Steel.

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