John Kennard (co-driver)

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John Kennard
John Kennard 2014-04-11 001 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Nationality New Zealand New Zealander
Born (1959-02-11) 11 February 1959 (age 59)
Christchurch, New Zealand
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1985, 1987–1989, 1991, 1998, 2007–2017
Teams Pirelli Star Driver, Hyundai Motorsport
Rallies 73
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 5
Stage wins 22
First rally 1985 1000 Lakes Rally
First win 2016 Rally Argentina
Last win 2016 Rally Argentina
Last rally 2017 Rally Argentina

John Kennard (born 11 February 1959) is a former rally co-driver from New Zealand.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand,[1] Kennard has been a co-driver to numerous drivers, the most notable being Hayden Paddon at Hyundai motorsport. They had their first win at Rally Argentina in 2016.

In March 2017 it has been announced that Kennard will step down as Paddon's co-driver this summer after Rally Finland and that a replacement for John will be announced soon.[2] The replacement was confirmed the day after to be Kevin Abbring's co-driver Sebastian Marshall.[3]

Kennard suffered a hip injury prior to the 2017 Rally de Portugal, which meant Marshall had to substitute for Kennard for the rally. On 30 May, Kennard retired as co-driver earlier than what was planned, because of the injury.[4]

Kennard was voted Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year in 2016, succeeding Sophie MacKenzie.[5]


  1. ^ "John Kennard – Hyundai Motorsport Official Site". 11 February 1959. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Hayden Paddon splits with long-time co-driver John Kennard". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Hayden Paddon confirms Brit Sebastian Marshall as replacement for outgoing co-driver John Kennard". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Kennard hands over to Marshall". 30 May 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. ^ Jones, Peter (22 November 2016). "Kennard picks up top sports award". The Marlborough Express. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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