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Paddon pulls through for second place finish in Poland

2 July, 2017

Local boy Hayden Paddon, along with new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall, secured their best finish in a WRC rally since Paddon’s win in Argentina last year. The pair finished second place in Poland behind teammates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsou, making for Hyundai Motorsport’s first one-two finish since Germany 2014.

The team no doubt stoked with the finish after a slow start on day one saw the pair sitting 40 seconds back in tricky conditions, which would close up to a third place standing after day two, and then with Norwegian Ott Tanak crashing out after battling Neuville for first, Paddon was free to squeeze on up.

“For us, it’s a massive relief … It’s been 12 months since we were last on the podium, and this year’s been some of the hardest times of my life … this weekend has helped me lower the shoulders and relax a little bit. This gives us a bit of momentum now that we can build on to work towards future rallies.”

Paddon and Marshall will next appear in Rally Finland, kicking off July 27.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

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