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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: 60
First Rally: 1985, Finland
Rally Wins: 1

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 0
Car: Ford Fiesta WRC
Team: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Driver: Hayden Paddon

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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 guided 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.

Kennard 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 and finished third in the 2013 SWRC.

In 2014 the pair joined Hyundai Motorsport and Kennard scored his first WRC victory in Argentina two years later. Their partnership ended shortly before the midpoint of the 2017 campaign, but Kennard has continued to co-drive Paddon on sporadic events in New Zealand since.


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.

Kennard 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 and finished third in the 2013 SWRC.

In 2014 the pair joined Hyundai Motorsport and Kennard scored his first WRC victory in Argentina two years later. Their partnership ended shortly before the midpoint of the 2017 campaign, but Kennard has continued to co-drive Paddon on sporadic events in New Zealand since.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2017 WRC 5 0 0 0 33 13.
2016 WRC 13 1 1 1 Hyundai i20 WRC Hyundai i20 WRC 138 4.
2015 WRC 12 0 1 0 Hyundai i20 WRC 84 9.
2014 WRC 6 0 0 0 Hyundai i20 WRC 19 15.
2013 WRC 4 0 0 0 Skoda Fabia S2000 8 19.
2013 WRC2 0 0 0 0 Skoda Fabia S2000 40 11.

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