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FIA ASIA-PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 2: RALLY OF WHANGERAI
13 MAY 2007
LEG 2
  FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

HAYDEN PADON / JOHN KENNARD
 

BRIAN GREEN / FLEUR PEDERSON
 
The 2nd round of the 2007 Asia Pacific Rally Championship held in Northland, New Zealand, was an event with plenty of carnage and crashes but through that came young Hayden Paddon a 20-year old New Zealander who beat the best of the visiting internationals including last years Asia Pacific Rally Champion Cody Crocker.

"It really hasn’t sunk in yet, I guess I will wake-up tomorrow and realize it wasn’t a dream. I have to thank my team and its great result for our New Zealand Rally Championship hopes, but also great to win an international event. Our next international event will be WRC Rally of New Zealand and after that lets wait and see" said a delighted Paddon at the finish.

In the Asia Pacific Rally Championship veteran driver Brian Green had a good event to finish 5th in the category. "We didn’t have a great run in New Caledonia, so its great to get a good finish here in New Zealand. The roads have been very difficult and extremely slippery yet our new car (Mitsubishi Lanver Evo 9) felt fantastic – so easy to drive", said Green at the final service.

Backing up Green’s good finish was Patrick Yania from New Caledonia, 7th in APRC. "We came to New Zealand to get more experience and this event is ideal to practice for our new pace note system, the roads are fast and slippery – we didn’t as well as the last round but we’re still 5th in the APRC points.".

Slightly disappointed with his resullt was Naren Kumar who suffered from a variety of problems that put him down the order, however the Team India driver still set top 3 times when things were going well, "I know I could have gone a lot better but we had many problems including a puncture today – and the loss of 4th gear yesterday. On these roads 4th gear is essential and we drifted further and further behind with every stage. Lets hope for better luck In Australia".

The next round will be in Canberra Australia where first round winners the MRF Mitsubishi team return with Jussi Valimaki and Katsu Taguchi, eager to repeat their win in New Caledonia.



 FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
 
Hayden Paddon
John Kennard
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 2:52:09.0 **:**:**
2
AP
Cody Crocker
Ben Atkinson
Subaru Impreza 2:52:33.4 +24.4
3
 
Sam Murray
Rob Ryan
Subaru Impreza 2:53:03.9 +54.9
4
AP
Hiroshi Yanagisawa
Yoshimasa Nakahara
Subaru Impreza 2:55:16.4 +3:07.4
5
 
Stewart Taylor
Warwick Searle
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 2:55:22.3 +3:13.3
6
 
Nathan Thomas
Richard Kelly
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII 2:55:39.3 +3:30.3
7
 
Callum McInnes
Linda Loughlin
Subaru Impreza 2:56:38.1 +4:29.1
8
AP
Rifat Sungkar
Herkusuma Mohamad
Subaru Impreza 3:02:09.0 +10:00.0
9
AP
Jean Louis Leyraud
Cyril Brinon
Subaru Impreza 3:02:25.6 +10:16.6
10
AP
Brian Green
Fleur Pedersen
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 3:04:32.1 +12:23.1
11
 
Andrew Phillips
Joe Parsons
Subaru Impreza 3:04:47.1 +12:38.1
12
 
Anton Meier
Dave Devonport
Subaru Impreza 3:04:51.1 +12:42.1
13
 
Lindsay Meredith
Philip Moore
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 3:05:08.4 +12:59.4
14
AP
Yoshio Ikemachi
Vivek Samy
Subaru Impreza WRX 3:05:33.1 +13:24.1
15
AP
Patrick Yanai
Dominique Yanai
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 3:06:39.4 +14:30.4
16
 
Brendon Oakden
Bryan Pipe
Subaru Impreza 3:06:45.4 +14:36.4
17
 
Kayne Barrie
Jason Stringer
Ford Fiesta ST 3:07:47.2 +15:38.2
18
 
Atsushi Kitano
Greg Morgan
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V 3:08:00.7 +15:51.7
19
 
Masahiro Nakajima
Takayuki Numao
Subaru Impreza 3:08:09.9 +16:00.9
20
 
Dave Strong
Bruce McKenzie
Honda Civic 3:09:17.0 +17:08.0
21
 
Robert Searle
Natasha Oakden
Subaru Impreza 3:09:44.0 +17:35.0
22
 
Scott Ogle
Todd Ogle
Nissan Sunny 3:10:31.2 +18:22.2
23
 
Andrew Keighley
Jonathan Kane
Honda CRX 3:10:55.8 +18:46.8
24
 
Simon Bell
Warwick Martin
Subaru Legacy 3:11:40.7 +19:31.7
25
 
Dougal Taylor
Gareth Taylor
Subaru Impreza 3:12:03.3 +19:54.3
26
 
Piran Pigneguy
Steve Walker
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 3:16:10.4 +24:01.4
27
AP
Naren Kumar
D. Ramkumar
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:16:14.5 +24:05.5
28
 
Sloan Cox
Tarryn Cox
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 3:16:15.6 +24:06.6
29
 
Karl Douglas
Damian Van
Subaru Impreza 3:19:35.8 +27:26.8
30
 
Dermott Malley
Linzi Malley
Ford Fiesta ST 3:21:04.0 +28:55.0
31
 
Toyoaki Yamauchi
Paul Hinton
Honda Integra 3:26:44.5 +34:35.5
32
 
Miles McElwain
Brian Johnson
Toyota Corolla 3:27:11.9 +35:02.9
33
 
Yoshihiro Masuda
Yasuyuki Sasaki
Honda Civic 3:36:27.9 +44:18.9
34
 
Cheyne Booth
Graeme Page
Suzuki Ignis 3:38:29.3 +46:20.3
35
 
Kingsley Thompson
Chris Ramsay
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV 4:00:14.0 +1:08:05.0


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