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Hayden Paddon racing at Highlands

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 09 Jan, 2020 | By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Cromwell will play host to the country's fastest Rush Hour traffic when Speed Works hits town over the weekend of January 18-19 and the field of 25 plus cars for the one-hour race on the Saturday will be a huge weekend highlight.

Headed by former World Championship rally winner Hayden Paddon making his circuit racing debut in his Hyundai i30 TCR car, Speed Works' biggest ever Rush Hour field is all set to do battle for 60 minutes around the world class Highlands Motorsport Park facility.

Circuit owner Tony Quinn is a spectacular addition to the field in his mighty Mosler GT3 car, but even his extensive circuit knowledge will be put to the test in a high class field that includes 10 Porsches, a number of GT3 and GT4 cars and at least six TCR specification cars. McLaren, Chevrolet, Ginetta, Audi, Mazda, Honda, Porsche, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mosler and Seat are all represented in the race.

A dark horse for overall victory could be Callum Hedge, one of the country's brightest young stars. After achieving notable successes in single seaters in New Zealand and Australia, he's switching to Porsches and has a 991 Cup car at his disposal around a circuit he excels on.

With handicapping rules in Rush Hour races favouring drivers who can maintain a pace closest to their qualifying speed, any driver – including Paddon – has an equal chance of winning.

 

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