ABOUT THE winmax junior driver program

After meticulously reviewing a plethora of applications, Paddon Racing Group proudly announces the selection of six burgeoning stars of motorsport for the esteemed Winmax Brake Pads Junior Driver Program in 2023.

Established in 2021, the Winmax Junior Driver Program epitomizes the collaborative efforts between Winmax Brake Pads and Hayden Paddons’ Paddon Racing Group. This initiative aims to equip young driving talents in New Zealand with top-notch braking products while offering invaluable tutelage from Paddon himself.

Now entering its third year, the program continues its steadfast support for drivers across various genres and classes, nurturing their careers from the outset. This year witnessed a substantial surge in applications, making the selection process exceedingly challenging. Yet, after careful consideration, we are thrilled to introduce the final six recipients.

Among them are rally drivers Bryn Jones, Zeal Jones, Jack Hawkeswood and Jackson Clendon, alongside circuit racer Will Kitching. Each of these exceptional talents exemplifies not only remarkable skills but also an unwavering determination to excel.

Selection for the program was based on a comprehensive evaluation of applicants’ motorsport achievements and aspirations. This holistic approach provided Paddon with insights not just into their talent but also their drive to succeed.

Reflecting on the caliber of applicants, Paddon remarked, “The talent pool showcased the promising future of New Zealand motorsport. While the selection process was arduous, we are immensely proud to support these six young drivers, all of whom are poised for greatness.”

Over the forthcoming year, we are committed to working closely with these promising talents, offering guidance in various aspects, from refining their driving skills to forging partnerships with corporate entities. Drawing from his own experiences as a young driver, Paddon is eager to impart valuable knowledge and assist these recipients in realizing their aspirations.

Junior Driver Recipients

Jackson Clendon

Rally Driver

Jack Hawkeswood

Rally Driver

Bryn Jones

Rally Driver

Zeal Jones

Rally Driver

Will Kitching

Circuit Racing

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