Australian podium clinches Pacific Cup for Paddon
Hayden Paddon secured the Pacific Cup title at the wheel of a Walkem Motorsport run i20 R5 by finishing third on the Eureka Rush (August 24-25). The Kiwi, running with co-driver Samantha Gray, was comfortably fastest on the early stages of the rally. They won each of the first three stages and had built a lead of over 30 seconds before a problem forced them out of the afternoon. On their return the following day they again showed dominant pace on the stages by winning three of the four tests to secure the crucial points to make sure of the Pacific Cup at the end of season that included rallies in both New Zealand and Australia.
i20 R5 crew leads the way in South America
Hyundai Paraguay supported driver Diego Dominguez leads the South American CODASUR rally championship after the Rally Santa Cruz de la Sierra (August 23-25). A consistent run on the gravel event, highlighted with third position on the day 2 stages, was rewarded with a fifth place finish among those contesting the continental championship. The result maintained his lead in the standings with the crews now facing only one more round in the championship, in Uruguay during November.
Friulmotor crews finish 1-2 on team’s home event
Friulmotor run i20 R5 finished first and second in the Coppa Italia element of the Rally del Friuli Venezia Giulia (August 30-31), with drivers Filippo Bravi and Rok Turk sharing the event’s six stage victories between them, including setting identical times on one occasion. Their similar pace kept them in a close fight with each other for the overall win, but it was Italian Bravi and co-driver Enrico Bertoldi who finished 3.6 seconds clear of Slovenian Turk, who in turn was ten seconds ahead of the next best crew.