Hyundai New Zealand extends backing for Kiwi racer

Hyundai New Zealand extends backing for Kiwi racer

Hyundai-New-Zealand-steps-up-support-for-Hayden-Paddon-1[1]Hyundai New Zealand has signed a three-year deal with World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard.

Paddon and Kennard, from Geraldine and Blenheim respectively, last year confirmed a three-year contract with Hyundai Motorsport to return to the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, which starts in Monte Carlo on 22 January, for a full 14-rally season in a Hyundai i20 WRC car.

Hyundai NZ and their dealer network have backed Paddon since his original signing with Hyundai Motorsport in 2014.

The commitment to a three-year partnership makes perfect sense, says Hyundai New Zealand’s general manager Andy Sinclair.

“As a 100 per cent Kiwi-owned Company, the decision to extend our support of a New Zealand sportsperson of Hayden’s calibre was easy,” says Sinclair.

“Along with our nationwide dealer network, customers and motorsport fans around New Zealand and the world, we have watched Hayden develop and grow an incredible amount over the past two years.”

“The Hyundai dealer network across New Zealand makes a significant financial commitment to our partnership with Hayden and to help keep Hayden doing what Hayden does best. We know Hayden values the support of our dealer network as much as we do.

“Together we’re very proud to support Hayden’s WRC campaign and look forward to seeing Hayden and John continue their rise to the top of world rallying. With an expanded WRC season of 14 rounds, they have their best opportunity yet to demonstrate their talents behind a wheel of a Hyundai i20 WRC car.

“There’s no doubt our vision and motivation is matched by Hayden and John’s ambition to be the best. We know they will take every chance to build on the success of last year’s first-ever podium finish. Hayden is, and will continue to be, a fine ambassador for the Hyundai brand in New Zealand.”

Paddon thanks the brand – and its dealers – for the support.

“This is our third year working together with Hyundai New Zealand and their dealer network across New Zealand,” Paddon says. “They form a huge part of our WRC campaign as John and I continue to strive towards our ultimate goal of being world champions.”

“To represent such a supportive New Zealand organisation and a brand I am very passionate about is an honour. Working with Hyundai New Zealand is hugely enjoyable – we’re always keen to encourage more Kiwis to buy a Hyundai!”

“We also have some other exciting New Zealand-based projects with Hyundai New Zealand on the horizon and look forward to sharing more about these soon.”

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