Le Coadou de­buts ex-sordo and Pad­don Hyundai

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As­phalt rally reg­u­lar Gary Le Coadou de­buted an ex-works Hyundai i20 WRC at the Chal­lenger Stages at Bov­ing­ton Camp two weeks ago, and plans to rally the ex-dani Sordo and Hay­den Pad­don car in the MSA As­phalt Rally Cham­pi­onship next year.

Le Coadou steered the car through six stages of the Bov­ing­ton event be­fore a sus­pen­sion is­sue halted progress. He had bed­ded the car in at Llandow ear­lier in the month.

The Som­er­set driver sold his usual Toy­ota Corolla WRC ear­lier this year and bought the i20 which was used in rounds of the 2014 World Rally Cham­pi­onship by both Sordo and Pad­don.

The deal was bro­kered be­tween Le Coadou and Ger­ard Zyzik, who heads Hyundai WRT’S test team.

“I’ve known Ger­ard for sev­eral years; he worked for Toy­ota Team Europe and looked af­ter the Corolla for me,” added Le Coadou. “It [the Hyundai] looks a very good buy.”

In 2019 Le Coadou in­tends to use the ma­chine to con­test se­lected rounds of the MSA As­phalt Rally Cham­pi­onship. “We are look­ing at sev­eral ‘away’ ral­lies in­clud­ing the Manx Na­tional Rally, Ire­land and Rally van Wervik in Bel­gium, as they all have a ter­rific at­mos­phere,” he said.

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