Hayden Paddon will carry the distinctive red, black and white colours of ENZED© on his Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car when he competes in Brother Rally New Zealand later this month.
The announcement links three significant Kiwi entities – the Kiwi world champion rally driver, New Zealand's leading mobile hose repair service and New Zealand's longest-running world championship event.
"It is a privilege to sport the ENZED colours at Brother Rally New Zealand," says Paddon from his home in Geraldine where he is preparing for the 21 to 24 June event. "ENZED's brand has long had positive associations with New Zealand motorsport and it's fantastic to have the opportunity to form a relationship with the team at ENZED who are passionate about supporting Kiwis at home and offshore. I trust that we can deliver the result that we all want with ENZED on the side of the car."
Paddon is competing in the 2012 FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship and, after events in Sweden and Portugal, currently holds second place in the series, which is widely-regarded as the key stepping stone into the full World Rally Championship.
Brother Rally New Zealand is third of Paddon's events for the 2012 season and, with current SWRC points' leader Irishman Craig Breen electing to skip the New Zealand event, Paddon's goal is to win the S2000 category on his home event and move into the championship lead.
Nigel Bartlett, New Zealand operations manager for ENZED based in Mt Wellington, Auckland, says: "We are proud to support such a talented New Zealand driver as he competes on the world stage with all the advantages of running at home in New Zealand." Bartlett adds: "There's no doubt that Hayden is a rising star in world rallying – his four straight production category wins last season which netted him the 2011 FIA Production World Rally Championship title clearly demonstrate New Zealanders' favourite young rally driver has the talent to succeed at the highest levels in this sport. The team at ENZED has a genuine interest in promoting New Zealanders competing in the international arena, bringing further pride and passion to the New Zealand brand."
ENZED is a division of Parker Hannifin NZ Ltd and a subsidiary of Parker Hannifin Inc, the global leader in motion control products, systems and solutions for the industrial hose and fitting market. In New Zealand, ENZED operates a network of 23 franchises and 100 owner-operator Hose Doctors© to provide premier service nationwide. Under the Parker brand, the company also supports 'You' Men's Health Trust New Zealand.
Paddon also acknowledges the support of Rally Tours NZ Ltd and MAK-Corp in putting together his Brother Rally New Zealand campaign. "Greg Paul from Rally Tours NZ, which runs a range of fully guided tours to see and participate in rallies around the world, has supporting both Paddon RallySport and rallying as a whole for many years. And MAK-Corp is new to the Paddon RallySport family – their brilliant team is known for their work with various real life teams and series to produce the most accurate racing simulators possible. They have designed the software for our new rally simulator which we'll be running at Brother Rally New Zealand for all our supporters to compete on. Our thanks to both organisations for their ongoing support."
Paddon's 2012 campaign is supported by PlaceMakers, Giltrap Group, Skoda, ENZED, Cameron Sea and Airfreight, Granger Design, Castrol, Raiseys, New Balance, Pope Print, Racetech, Chicane Racewear, Endless Brake Pads, 1 Group web design, Brita Safety, Rally Tours, MAK-Corp, EPS International, Saddle Hill Quarries, Monit Rally Computers and Bluebridge Ferries.
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