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John Kennard

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Career Summary

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Nationality:  NZL
Date of Birth: 11.02.1959
Age: 58
First Rally: 1985, Finland
Rally Wins: 1

Season 2017

Classification: WRC
Car No: 4
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Motorsport
Driver: Hayden Paddon
Points: 33
Standing: 8
Rally Wins: 0
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 0

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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.

In 2012 and 2013 they contested the SWRC / WRC 2 championships, finishing third in the Super 2000 series in 2012.

Late in 2013, having earlier won the New Zealand Rally Championship for a third time, the pair made their World Rally Car debut at Rally de España.

In 2014 the pair joined Hyundai Motorsport for selected rounds of the team’s maiden WRC season.

Their programme was extended to 12 rounds in 2015 and what turned out to be a landmark season as leaders of the Hyundai Motorsport N team. A surprise second place in Sardinia was the highlight of an impressive campaign that underlined their potential. A new long-term contract with Hyundai followed and the pair took their places in the manufacturer's top line squad in 2016.

That faith was repaid with a maiden WRC rally win in Argentina, and a string of top-five finishes that helped Hyundai secure the manufacturers' runner-up spot. For 2017, Kennard will be back alongside Paddon - this time in the all-new i20 Coupe.

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.

In 2012 and 2013 they contested the SWRC / WRC 2 championships, finishing third in the Super 2000 series in 2012.

Late in 2013, having earlier won the New Zealand Rally Championship for a third time, the pair made their World Rally Car debut at Rally de España.

In 2014 the pair joined Hyundai Motorsport for selected rounds of the team’s maiden WRC season.

Their programme was extended to 12 rounds in 2015 and what turned out to be a landmark season as leaders of the Hyundai Motorsport N team. A surprise second place in Sardinia was the highlight of an impressive campaign that underlined their potential. A new long-term contract with Hyundai followed and the pair took their places in the manufacturer's top line squad in 2016.

That faith was repaid with a maiden WRC rally win in Argentina, and a string of top-five finishes that helped Hyundai secure the manufacturers' runner-up spot. For 2017, Kennard will be back alongside Paddon - this time in the all-new i20 Coupe.

Rally Classification Driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Hayden Paddon 54. 0
Rally Sweden WRC Hayden Paddon 7. 6+1
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Hayden Paddon 5. 10
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Hayden Paddon 6. 8
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Hayden Paddon 6. 8

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