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Paddon after Monte - 27th Jan 16

Well what a tough weekend that was – but I can’t say we were not expecting it. Despite the drier/warmer conditions than normal it by all means did not make it an easy Monte Carlo Rally. A lot of patchy ice and mud was able to keep us on our toes along with quickly changing conditions. Despite retiring on Friday morning, we were able to rejoin for the last 2 days, set some competitive times but more importantly gather a lot of experience and information for when we return here in 12 months time.

The rally was very challenging right from the outset; with overnight snow on Monday meaning - Tuesday recce involved a lot of ice/snow. But it became evident that the roads were changing by the hour, which made it difficult to write accurate notes for the rally. An example of that is the stages we competed on today (Sunday) we recced on Monday…..6 days ago!! Its all part of the challenge, made a little harder for us as we are not used to these conditions and knowing what to expect. I can tell you after this week however, now I am :).
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Paddon on Monte - 21st Jan 16
Well it doesn’t seem that long ago the 2015 season ended and we were celebrating the festive season with family. But now its time to kick off what is going to be a big year with our debut at Rally Monte Carlo this week.
This is our first time that we have followed up a near full season with another full WRC campaign – and I must admit with the busy schedule it seems like one year and season merges into another. It’s a strange feeling, however I’m certainly not complaining getting back in the car sooner rather than later..
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Blewett continues his charge in the Toyota Finance 86 Championship.  Read more >>
 
Quite why there is a return of vintage car events may be manifold, but there is no doubt the general public is being energized by the reappearance of some older events and the creation of new ones. .  Read more >>
 
Hayden on 2015 - 25th Dec 15
Well it’s that time of year again – time for most to wind down, enjoy some time with family and refresh the batteries for 2016. For us of recent, it has been quite the opposite and the off-season since Rally GB has been anything but ‘off’.
After a flying 8 day visit back to NZ immediately following Rally GB for PR and sponsor commitments, it was then back to Europe for a 2 day Monte Carlo test, the launch of our 2016 New Generation i20 WRC car and a further 2 days of testing for Rally Sweden. In between times we have been also working closely with the team, engineers and trainers to prepare for the new season and use every available time to improve the ‘systems’ for a new year.
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The South African group that has purchased the fleet of "Powered by Ferrari" A1GP racers tested one of the cars for the first time this week.
AFRIX Motorsport, which is aiming to establish a new South African series around the second-generation A1GP single-seaters at the end of next year, was able to run the one of the cars after engaging Life Racing in the UK to produce new electronics for its Ferrari direct-injection V8 powerplant..
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Three of New Zealand’s current group of rising stars of international motor racing, Brendon Hartley, Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy were all honoured at the prestigious British Racing Driver’s Club awards in London overnight.
Cassidy, who won the Japanese Formula Three Championship driving for the TOM’S Toyota Team, won the Bruce McLaren Trophy for the most meritorious performance by a British Commonwealth driver in international motor racing in 2015. Last year’s recipient was Australian Red Bull Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo..
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"Smokin'" Joe McAndrew is one of New Zealand's most successful rally drivers with a record three national championship titles won in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He was also the 2004 London to Sydney overall winner, 2002 World TWE Marathon winner, 2006 and 2007 Targa winner and has over 25 national event wins to his name..  Read more >>
 
Ash Blewett is in dominant form with six wins from six starts in the 2015-2016 Toyota Finance 86 Championship. Pursued hardest by fellow Aucklanders Callum Quin and John Penny, he won in the rain AT Hampton Downs on Saturday from pole position, again on Sunday from eighth in an accident-marred partial reverse ten lap race, then led the afternoon’s final 15 lap race from pole to chequered flag..  Read more >>
 
Rally enthusiasts, the Grey Roots Group, have today released their rankings of the nation’s fastest rally drivers.
The annual lists, now in their 10th year of publication, are eagerly awaited by the rallying fraternity as a measure of how their driving skills are perceived by their peers.
The experienced judging panel, with a competition history ranging the full gamut of clubman through to WRC events, scoured through the stage times of every rally on the 2015 domestic calendar. From there, they determined the relative pace of each driver, irrespective of aberrant data due to punctures or mechanical issues..
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Leadfoot Festival is delighted to announce four time IndyCar Champion Race driver Scott Dixon will race at the 2016 Leadfoot Festival. Dixon who has competed for Chip Ganassi Racing since joining IndyCar in 2003 has won the Indy Car championship in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2015 and won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 from pole position. With 38 wins, Dixon is the leading non-USA driver in American Championship Cars.  Read more >>
 
The Autosport Club provided a never before raced bit of road in Mt Thomas Forest for the last round of their 2015 Gravel Sprint Series. The 4km sprint delivered a constantly winding road that climbed and fell through the ‘mountain’, adding variety to the sprint series which had used some faster public roads in earlier rounds. This road had just two real straights, one of which went steep downhill and ended with a tight turn with unforgiving drops both sides. There would be some new names appear high in the results..  Read more >>
 
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Point Standings
NZ Rally
NZRC - 2015 Final
1. Ben Hunt 152
2. Phil Campbell 123
3. Matt Summerfield 110
4. Lance Williams 106
5. Emma Gilmour 86
6. Marcus Van Klink 77
NZ Race
TRS Int after Rd 2/5
1. Lando Norris (31) 380
2. Artem Markelov (10) 346
3. Ferdinand Habsburg (62) 303
4. Brendon Leitch (86) 300
5. Guanyu Zhou (33) 289
6. Jehan Daruvala (6) 282
NZ Touring Cars - after R 5/8
1. Simon Evans / Holden ST 960
2. Jason Bargwanna / Toyota TLX 835
3. Mitch Cunningham / Ford ST 731
4. Tim Edgell / Holden ST 725
5. Angus Fogg / Holden ST 662
6. Tom Alexander / Holden St 560
NZTC TL - After Rd 5/8
1. Brock Cooley / Ford 951
2. Brad Lathrope / Ford 826
3. Simon Fleming / Ford 691
4. Kevin Williams / Holden 584
5. Nathan Pilcher / Holden 496
6. Liam McDonald / Holden 472
Toyota TR 86 - After Rd 3/6
1. Ash Blewett (66) 667
2. John Penny (22) 537
3. Callum Quin (91) 536
4. Jacob Smith (27) 389
5. Michael Scott (17) 357
6. Mike Lightfoot (96) 346
Formula Ford - After Rd 3/6
1. Michael Scott - Te Puke 631
2. Aaron Marr - Wanganui 627
3. James Webb - Feilding 488
4. Ethan Anderson - Riverton 472
5. Jordan Michels - Invercargill 403
6. Anna Collins - Christchurch 387
NZ V8 Utes - After Rd 6/6
1. Sam Barry (Ford) 408
2. Brett Rudd (Holden) 373
3. Matt Spratt (Holden) 350
4. Peter Ward (Holden) 340
5. James Urquhart (Holden) 329
6. Jeff Kernohan (Ford) 252
Australian Race
V8 Supercars - After Race 33
1. Mark Winterbottom (5) Ford 3007
2. Craig Lowndes (888) Holden 2828
3. David Reynolds (55) Ford 2688
4. Garth Tander (2) Holden 2459
5. Shane Van gisbergen Hol (97) 2442
6. Fabian Coulthard (14) Holde 2394
Australian GT - After Rd 6
1. Chris Mies (Ger) Audi 643
2. Grant Denyer - Ferrari 549
3. Klark Quinn - McLaren 531
4. Nathan Antunes - Audi 514
5. Jono Lester - Ferrari 496
6. Tony Quinn - McLaren 433
Overseas Rally
WRC - 2016 after Rd 1
1. Sebastien Ogier (VW) 28
2. Andreas Mikkelsen (VW) 19
3. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 15
4. Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 12
5. Stephane Lefebvre (Citroen) 10
6. Dani Sordo ( Hyundai) 10
World RX - Final 2015
1. Petter Solberg - Citroen 301
2. Timmy Hansen - Peugeot 275
3. Johan Kristoffersson - VW 234
4. Andreas Bakkerud - Ford 232
5. Mattias Ekstrom - Audi 201
6. Davy Jeanney - Peugeot 201
Overseas Race
NASCAR Sprint - After Race 36
1. Kkyle Bush (18) Toyota 5043
2. Kevin Harvick (4) Chev 5042
3. Jeff Gordon (24) Chev 5038
4. Martin Truex Jr (78) Chev 5032
5. Carl Edwards (19) Toyota 2368
6. Joey Logano (22) Ford 2360
World TCC - Final 2015
1. Jose Lopez / Citroen 475
2. Yvan Muller / Citroen 357
3. Sebastien Loeb / Citroen 356
4. Quing Hua Ma / Citroen 241
5. Gabriele Tarquini / Honda 197
6. Norbert Michelisz / Honda 193
British TCC - After Rd 10
1. Gordon Sheddon / Civic 348
2. Jason Plato / BMW 344
3. Matt Neal / Honda 317
4. Colin Turkington / BMW 310
5. Andrew Jordan / MG 274
6. Sam Tordoff / BMW 270
Formula 1 - Final 2015
1. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 381
2. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes 322
3. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari 278
4. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari 150
5. Valtteri Bottas - Williams 136
6. Felipe Massa - Williams 121
IndyCar - Final 2015
1. Scott Dixon (9) 556
2. Juan Pablo Montoya (2) 555
3. Will Power (1) 493
4. Graham Rahal (15) 490
5. Helio Castroneves (3) 453
6. Ryan Hunterr-Reay (28) 436
NZ Motorcycles
NZSBK Final 2015
1. Dennis Charlett (3) 211
2. Linden Magee (M) 153
3. Sloan Frost (4) 152
4. Jaden Hassan (41) 147
5. Scott Moir (87) 146
6. Hayden Fitzgerald (6) 138
Overseas Motorcycles
MotoGP - After Rd 17
1. Jorge Lorenzo / Yamaha 330
2. Valentino Rossi / Yamaha 325
3. Marc Marquez / Honda 242
4. Dani Pedrosa / Honda 206
5. Andrea Iannone / Ducati 188
6. Bradley Smith / Yamaha 181
WSBK's - After Rd 14
1. Jonathan Rea / Kawasaki 548
2. Chaz Davies / Ducati 416
3. Tom Sykes / Kawasaki 399
4. Leon Haslam / Aprilia 332
5. Jordi Torres / Aprilia 247
6. Sylvain Guintoli / Honda 218
 
 
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