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Hayden Paddon bows out of Rally Whangarei

NZN 29/04/2016

Two strokes of misfortune have ended any hope of Hayden Paddon winning Rally Whangarei.

Less than a week after their historic World Rally Championship win in Argentina, Paddon and co-driver John Kennard were forced to pull out of the New Zealand Rally championship event late on the second day.

The pair suffered a driveline engine issue in their Hyundai i20 on stage four on Saturday. They missed two stages to undergo repairs before the same problem returned, forcing a withdrawal.

Paddon, who chose the contest the rally for relaxation purposes between WRC events, had led through the early stages.

Mitsubishi driver David Holder has claimed a lead of just over a minute in the national class from Suzuki rival Emma Gilmour.

Rally Whangarei is also the first round of the six-leg Asia Pacific championship which is contested by drivers in an international class.

Fabian Kreim of Germany holds a narrow 4.6 second lead over fellow-Skoda driver Gaurav Gill following Saturday's 10 stages. New Zealander Mike Young is third in a Subaru.

The six final special stages will cover 120km on Sunday.

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