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John Kennard’s co-driving career began in 1985, having entered the sport as a driver in New Zealand in 1979. Three years later he claimed his best WRC result, co-driving fellow Kiwi Malcolm Stewart to third in their home event.
In 1990 he switched to a management role, firstly as team co-ordinator for Mitsubishi Japan, from 1995 until the turn of the millennium a similar role with Prodrive’s Subaru World Rally Team and then a year managing Mitsubishi’s rally programme in USA.
He returned to New Zealand for what was supposed to be a quieter time but a chance introduction to Hayden Paddon in 2005 changed that.
They joined forces and won the New Zealand Rally Championship in 2008 and 2009 before finishing third in the PWRC in 2010. A year later they won the PWRC title after taking four straight wins.
For the last two seasons, they have contested the SWRC/WRC2 championships, finishing 3rdin theSuper 2000 WRC Championship in2012.
Late in 2013, having earlier won the New Zealand Rally Championship for a third time, while also contesting selected WRC2 rounds, the pair made their WRC car debut on WRC Rallye d’España.
In 2014 the pair will join Hyundai Motorsport to contest selected rounds of the team’s maiden WRC season.