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Grip : GRIP September 2011
SPORT GRIP SUBARU TAkES wORLD TITLE TWENTY-FOUR year old New Zealander, Hayden Paddon, has created motorsport history by taking his Subaru WRX to the 2011 FIA Production World Rally Championship title with two of the six rounds still to run. Paddon, from Geraldine on the North Island, is the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a World Rally Championship, achieving the feat with a perfect score of four wins from four events. “I can’t believe it, it’s incredible,” Paddon said at the conclusion of this month’s Rally Australia, held around Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-nor th coast. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, that’s for sure. “It’s always what we had originally planned but we’ve just ticked it off a bit earlier than we thought. “Rally Australia wasn’t an easy rally at all for us, but we made it. “Twelve months ago I was back home in New Zealand with no money, no sponsors and we didn’t even think we would be able to do the PWRC. “We found the sponsors, we found a car and a team and now we’re here after a stunning year. “The team at Subaru has been really supportive to us and they helped us to make the move from our long-time association with Mitsubishi to drive a Subaru this season. “They make a big effort in the PWRC backing up teams and drivers.” Paddon’s successful weekend was topped off by scooping eight WRC points for finishing sixth overall, a phenomenal feat in a Group N production car. Two-time Australian Rally Champion, Rob Herridge, will make the competition debut of the Subaru Forester XT in this month’s rugged Australasian Safari. Herridge, who won the national title for Subaru in 1991 and 1992 at the wheel of a Liberty RS Turbo, will also be making his debut in the eight-day marathon that starts in the Western Australian capital of Perth, and finishes in the gold mining city of kalgoorlie. The car is being prepared at Herridge’s Maximum Motorsport workshop in Perth. The man normally behind the wheel of the Maximum Motorsport car is playing a support role to his Dad on this occasion. “For the last few years we’ve been focusing on tarmac rallying, but the Safari is about as far removed from Targa racing as you can get,” Dean Herridge said. “It’s the first time we’ve used the Forester as the basis for a rally car. We’ll be running in the Safari Production category, so there are very limited modifications permitted. We think the Forester will not only be nimble, but also tough enough for the kind of terrain we’ll encounter.” Par tnering Herridge in the 3700 kilometre event will be experienced co-driver Tim Batten. “The Safari is this region’s answer to the Dakar Rally, so we’re really looking forward to it,” he added. FORESTER TO MAkE MOTORSpORT DEBUT 2011 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship After Rally Australia, round4of6 1. Hayden Paddon (NZL) Subaru Impreza – 100 points 2. Martin Semerád (CZE) Mitsubishi Lancer – 50 3. Valeriy Gorban (UkR) Mitsubishi Lancer – 3 8 4. Michal kosciuszko (POL) Mitsubishi Lancer – 35 5. Patrik Flodin (SWE) Subaru Impreza – 34 INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES NEW PRODUCT - XV NEW PRODUCT - BRZ PARTS & ACCESSORIES AMBASSADOR SALES DEALERSHIP BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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