Hi guys, Hayden here to keep you up to speed with the Hyundai New Zealand Rally team’s 2022 campaign in New Zealand and Europe.
Since I last wrote, it’s been all go for the team.
I was really pleased to achieve our goal of winning the South Canterbury Rally, which was round 3 of the New Zealand Rally Championship in the middle of June. This made sure we’d done all we could to bank maximum championship points given we’ll be missing the fourth round in Hawke’s Bay on 23 July.
Immediately after the Timaru Rally, I was on the plane to meet up with my co-driver John Kennard in the Piedmont region of northern Italy where we competed in Rally di Alba the very next weekend. This tarmac rally is part of the competitive Tour European Rally (TER) Championship and it’s been about five years since I last competed on tarmac so we weren’t expecting too much. We were in a Hyundai i20 R5 run by Hyundai Motorsport Italy (HMI) who did a great job with the car for us. To finish first in the TER category and fourth overall, just 20 seconds behind the winner after nine special stages of tarmac competition was really pleasing.
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