Pad­don back in the points in Sar­dinia

Motor Equipment News - - MOTORSPORT - By Ross MacKay. Photo by Marcin Ry­bak.

Kiwi WRC ace Hay­den Pad­don and co-driver Seb Mar­shall were back in the points at Rally Italia Sardegna (Sar­dinia), in early June, bring­ing their Hyundai i20 WRC coupe home in fourth place.

The re­sult is the best so far for the pair in the 2018 World Rally Cham­pi­onship sea­son and was Pad­don’s high­est fin­ish in Sar­dinia since he and John Ken­nard scored a then ca­reer-best sec­ond place in 2015.

Pad­don said he’d hoped for more, but im­por­tantly, the Geral­dine-born driver put to­gether a clean run to fin­ish the event, and now takes con­fi­dence from a strong re­sult to push on for the rest of the sea­son.

The event was won in dra­matic fash­ion by Pad­don’s Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville who pulled off a stun­ning vic­tory in the last stage to head off Ford’s Se­bas­tian Ogier by just 0.7 of a sec­ond.

Though Pad­don said that he was dis­ap­pointed he wasn’t able to repli­cate the pos­i­tive feel­ing he had from the shake­down ses­sions be­fore the event: “it was nice to fin­ish (Sar­dinia) for the first time in three years, and to score im­por­tant points for the team in the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ cham­pi­onship.”

The re­sult moves Pad­don from 15th in the WRC driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship to 13th. He and Mar­shall con­tinue their WRC campaign at the next round Rally Fin­land at the end of July.

Pad­don and Hay­den Pad­don Ral­lyS­port Global (HPRG) Ltd ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of their ex­clu­sive part­ners, Hyundai New Zealand, Pak’nSave, Win­max Brake Pads and Z En­ergy.

Kiwi rally ace Hay­den Pad­don and co-driver Seb Mar­shall on their way to fourth place in Sar­dinia this year.

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