Paddon unstoppable in Rally NZ Super 2000

NZ Newswire June 24, 2012, 7:17 pm

New Zealanders Hayden Paddon and John Kennard battled through two days of mechanical problems to a comprehensive win in the Super 2000 class at Rally New Zealand on Sunday.

Despite a winning margin of over 33 minutes to second-placed SWRC finisher Per-Gunnar Andersson, Paddon says he had hoped to achieve more at his home event.

"We were out to show our pace on roads we know well, so it was particularly frustrating for the rear suspension to break in the first stage this morning," he said.

The New Zealand pair were 12th overall at the start of Sunday's racing, and had hoped to target 11th-placed Ford driver Manfred Stohl in the final seven stages.

They were unsuccessful.

"Today was frustrating. Although we brought it home and scored maximum points, not only did we have the suspension issue, I made a silly mistake in stage 20, hitting a bank, spinning and puncturing a tyre. So we lost time there."

Paddon said he is still trying to find the fine balance needed to get his Skoda's set up right, and more testing needed to be done before Rally Finland on July 3-5.

"We're aiming to go hard in Finland... it's a very special rally, and it's crucial to have absolute confidence in the car."