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Paddon counts down to Wairarapa...

 

Paddon Direct Team Green driver, Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard can't wait to roar into action in this weekends Rally of Wairarapa which takes host to the 5th and penultimate round of the New Zealand Rally championship.

Paddon Direct Team Green driver, Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard can't wait to roar into action in this weekends Rally of Wairarapa which takes host to the 5th and penultimate round of the New Zealand Rally championship.

The team have now brought them self's right back into junior and rookie championship contention after taking maximum points in the previous two events, and with two events remaining the goal is very clear. To win!

"Our goal at the start of the year was to win each of the two championships, and after a dismal start, I wouldn't have thought we would be in this position at this stage of the season which is a credit to our team who have stuck at it, 100%."

Now just 8 points adrift of Rookie leader Stewart Taylor, and 19 off junior Patrick Malley, Hayden is targeting to once again take maximum points this weekend, to go into the final round at Nelson with the upper hand.

"The calculation is simple. We have to come away this weekend with the maximum 64 points, but I have no doubt that our fellow competitors will not make it easy for us."

So the secret ingredient? Although Hayden admits that they still have a long way to go, he is this weekend targeting consistency rather than speed is the main area to further develop.

"We have now found a good comfortable speed for the time being, so I now want to get some consistency into our stage times. So instead of setting 2 or 3 good stage times during the event, we want to set 12 competitive stage times. To do this I have to limit the mistakes, and further fine tune our notes so that we can get 5 out of 5 corners right!"

Like all of the rounds that they have so far competed in this year, Wairarapa is totally new territory for the Paddon Direct team, but as they have proved of recent, this has not slowed them down.

"It adds to the excitement not really knowing what to expect. Part of rallying is exploring and competing over new territory, so although it would be of an advantage to have experience on any given event, I don't feel it's the difference between winning and losing."

The rally kicks off from Marsterton on Friday evening, before tackling 12 special stages over the weekend to the north, before finishing back in Marsterton on Sunday afternoon.

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