Defending Vantage New Zealand Rally champion Hayden Paddon has won the 2009 Southern Cross Rally of Otago after a two-day duel with early series leader Richard Mason.
Winning by a margin of 19.7 seconds after 255 kilometres of competition over a mixture of forestry and county roads in central and southern Otago, the final day of six special stages was a climatic finish.
Just for fun, Otago Rally organisers timed competitors over the first quarter mile of one of the stages on Day 2 of the event.
the times counted for nothing in terms of the rally result, they make
interesting reading. Willie Rutherford's Porsche 911 was the quickest
2WD car, while Andrew Hawkeswood was top dog amongst the 4WD