5 Jul 2010

International Rally of Whangarei victory goes to Paddon

7:14 am on 5 July 2010

The New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon stamped his dominance on the International Rally of Whangarei from the very first stage of the two-day race, leading throughout to win the event.

Paddon, in a Mitsubishi EVO IX, established an unassailable margin of three minutes, 55 seconds over second-placed compatriot Emma Gilmour.

Paddon also won 13 of the event's 16 competitive stages and set five new stage records.

The rally counts towards both the Asia Pacific and New Zealand rally championships and Paddon was registered for points in both series - the Asia Pacific one courtesy of being allocated a wildcard entry.

The 23-year-old from Geraldine added to his weekend's haul of honours by also collecting maximum possible points in both championships.