With both his World and New Zealand Rally Championships plan now in tatters as a result of the Covid-19 virus, Hayden Paddon has released a program of both race-track and rally events for the rest of 2020.
“A bit of variety as there are limited opportunities and we don’t want to sit around doing nothing,” commented Paddon. “We’ve got obligations to our partners to be out there doing events so we have selected ones that are interesting, exciting and some with a bit of history around them.”
Of the eight list events that the team are looking to compete in, four involve track racing. There will be the three round Carter’s Tyres South Island Endurance Series as well as the NZ Endurance Championship winner takes all round at his home track, Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.
“We need to find a potential co-driver for the endurance races . The car is ready and the infrastructure is there to do it so we just need to put those pieces together.”
The annual South Island Series is currently one of the most successfully run with large and competitive entries across both the One and Three Hour fields.
“The idea is to race in the 3 Hour. It’s all a bit new to me so actually I’m probably more the co-driver and maybe have someone else to lead the way.
“The rally side is a given, the car is ready to go with everything sorted. The Auckland Rally will be one of the premier events this year.
2020 Race and Rally Program
Catlins Rally 6 August 2020
SIERDC Endurance race, Teretonga 12 September 2020
Ashley Forest Rallysprint 19/20 September 2020
SIERDC Endurance race, Christchurch 3 October 2020
SIERDC Endurance race, Timaru 17 October 2020
SIERDC Endurance race, Highlands 7 November 2020
City of Auckland Rally 14 November 2020
Battle of Jacks Ridge, Auckland 15 November 2020