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Paddon wins Dayle ITM Slalom

A unique addition to the Saturday programme was the Dayle ITM slalom – run as an entertainment segment for television.

Featuring Southern Sprint drivers Hayden Paddon and Emma Gilmour, they were joined Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship drivers Breanna Morris and Chloe Chambers.

Drawing to run first, Emma Gilmour steered her Suzuki Swift road car cleanly through the course – laying down a style and time for her younger competitors to follow.

Times were then set by Morris and Chambers, who holds the current Guinness Book of records title in slalom.

Paddon then showed his class in a Hyundai i30 – with an obvious pace and degree of precision that left the others certain the title was his.

It was a sudden attempt by television presenter Andrew Waite that shook that certainty. McIvor then followed suit, who similarly impressed with his precision and pace.

The result confirmed Paddon as the winner with Gilmour second – their experience and strategy a lesson to their younger rivals.

Humble in defeat, Chambers explained the difference at steering a right-hand-drive vehicle challenged her judgement.

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