Pad­don de­stroys Otago op­po­si­tion in i20

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Hay­den Pad­don gave his all-new Hyundai i20 the per­fect de­but with a nine-minute win on last week­end’s Otago Rally in New Zealand.

The Hyundai Motorsport driver has de­vel­oped the new car as a cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive for ral­ly­ing in his na­tive New Zealand and FIA re­gional Asia Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Otago was the first out­ing for the car, which will run to AP4 reg­u­la­tions once the team has com­pleted the build of a 1600cc en­gine rather than 1800cc.

Pad­don said: “If any­thing, it prob­a­bly ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. The base of the car is very good. Our team worked very long hours com­ing up to the rally get­ting the car ready, and even right up to shake­down we were hav­ing prob­lems so they were able to get on top on those right be­fore the start of the rally, which was great.”

Pad­don re­turns to his i20 WRC in time for next week’s Rally Ar­gentina, be­fore head­ing back south for the Rally of Whangarei in his Nz-spec Hyundai.

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