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Paddon gives new co-driver green light

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017
Hayden Paddon of New Zealand during the press conference of the WRC Portugal on May 19, 2016 in Porto, Portugal © Getty Hayden Paddon of New Zealand during the press conference of the WRC Portugal on May 19, 2016 in Porto, Portugal

Hayden Paddon is finding co-driver Sebastian Marshall a good fit as they get an unexpectedly-early taste of their combination in the World Rally Championship.

Kiwi driver Paddon is without long-time co-driver John Kennard for this week's Portugal Rally, the sixth round of the WRC.

Kennard is resting a hip injury, allowing Briton Marshall to team with Paddon earlier than planned.

The Paddon-Kennard relationship will end permanently after the 10th round event in Finland in late July, with the pair having agreed it was time for change.

Paddon has undergone testing previously with Marshall but was enjoying working in tandem for the first time in the reconnaissance phase of a WRC event.

"As a lot of stages have changed this year it means some more work with writing and reviewing pacenotes, but Seb is doing a perfect job," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Paddon is tied for seventh overall, having improved marginally with his sixth placing at the recent Argentina Rally, the event he won last year.

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