Pad­don to com­pete on home turf in NZ

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The World Rally Cham­pi­onship’s con­tin­ued ab­sence from New Zealand has forced Hay­den Pad­don to build his own Hyundai rally car to com­pete on his home stages.

Pad­don re­vealed a new team and an all-new i20 AP4 in New Zealand last week. The car cur­rently has a tuned Hyundai 1800cc turbo en­gine mated to low-cost ZF trans­mis­sion. The in­ten­tion is to de­velop and build a 1600cc en­gine, bring­ing the car into line with Asia Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship reg­u­la­tions in the next 12 months.

In the mean­time, Pad­don will drive the car on the next two rounds of the New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onship, Rally of Otago (April 8-10) and the In­ter­na­tional Rally of Whangarei at the end of April.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about ral­ly­ing in New Zealand,” said Pad­don. “This was a good chance to give some­thing back. The 1600cc en­gine will take a bit more time, but that’ll bring us into line with APRC, mak­ing the car a re­ally cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive for that cham­pi­onship.”

Test­ing was ex­pected to start for the first time ear­lier this week.

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