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Paddon-Marshall rally combo to continue

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/05/2017

New Zealander Hayden Paddon will continue with new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall for all future World Rally Championship events. © Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images New Zealander Hayden Paddon will continue with new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall for all future World Rally Championship events. New Zealander Hayden Paddon will continue with new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall for all future World Rally Championship events.

The move comes after a mutually-agreed decision between Paddon and long-time co-driver John Kennard.

In March, Paddon and Kennard announced they would conclude their competitive partnership at Rally Finland in late July.

Marshall, who has worked with Hyundai Motorsport for several years, was named as Kennard's replacement not long after.

But Kennard had to step aside for the Portugal event in mid-May because of a hip injury, and the problem won't be right in time for the next leg in Italy in June.

With just two more rallies after that before Marshall is in the car full-time with Paddon, Kennard says he feels it is be best for the new combination to build for the future.

"Unfortunately my hip's condition still won't allow me to take on the rough gravel of Sardinia," he said.

"While I'd dearly love to get back in the car to finish my WRC career with Hayden in Poland and Finland, it really wouldn't make any sense."

Paddon said it wasn't an easy decision, but it was a decision that all felt was best for the future.

He said Kennard would continue to play an important role in the team's WRC programme, being at all events for the year and helping the gravel crew on the tarmac rallies.

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