A member of the Pukekohe Car Club is among the first recipients from the Paddon Rally Foundation, established by Kiwi world rally star Hayden Paddon to support grassroots rally-sport in New Zealand.
Dan Reichenbach, is one of 26 successful rally drivers and co-drivers to receive the support from the foundation.
Just over $30,000 worth of cash, fuel vouchers, race gear, and rally entries were allocated to the 26 successful applicants.
Founder, Hayden says it’s great to see such a positive response to the first instalment of the foundation.
"While year one is the introduction year as we build the base of funding and sponsors, for us to be able to assist 26 drivers and co-drivers on our first year of operation, I think is a good first step. The foundation will only grow over the coming years to help more people. The vision of the foundation is to encourage new competitors and generally grow the sport of rallying in New Zealand from grassroots level to national/international level,” he says. “The Foundation is more than just the financial support; each successful applicant also has access to us and the board for advice and help.”
In line with their goals of helping rally competitors at all levels, Paddon Rally Foundation specified three categories for applicants for the first distribution round this year,
Novice/club – no age limits, drivers and co-drivers competing any level of club motorsport/rallying; Rally – all levels of club/national rallying, no limits on age or experience and national and international – drivers and co-drivers, under the age of 30, competing nationally in the New Zealand Rally Championship or internationally.
In late 2017, the Paddon Rally Foundation will be introducing a new category for car clubs to also seek support.
The foundation was established in 2016, by Hayden as a way of giving back to the sport that gave him so many opportunities and allowed him to create a career as a professional rally driver. They now support 31 rally drivers and co-drivers throughout New Zealand.