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Hayden Paddon

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Información

Nacionalidad:  NZL
Fecha de nacimiento: 20.04.1987
Edad: 30
Lugar de nacimiento: Geraldine
Primer rallye: 2007, Great Britain
Rallyes ganados: 1
Website: www.haydenpaddon.com

Temporada 2017

Clasificación: WRC
Coche №: 4
Coche: Hyundai i20 WRC
Equipo: Hyundai Motorsport
Copiloto: Sebastian Marshall
Puntos: 74
Clasificación: 8
Rallyes ganados: 0
Abandono: 0
Podios: 2

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Esto es lo que lo hace especial:

• Hayden está concentrado en tener éxito en el WRC. Empezó financiando su programa en los rallyes distribuyendo diarios de madrugada, luego cambió a una local de “fish and chips” y también trabajó vendiendo repuestos de motos.

• Su título en el PWRC en 2011 hizo que Paddon fuese el primer piloto oceánico en ganar un título mundial de rallyes de la FIA.

• Logró su primera victoria en el WRC al vencer en Argentina 2016, demostrando que es una de las mayores jóvenes promesas de este deporte.

Resumen de su carrera

La temporada 2015 marcó un antes y un después para Paddon. Terminó segundo en Italia tras liderar gran parte de las dos primeras jornadas y consiguió finalizar cuarto en Polonia. Con la confianza por las nubes, se mostró muy competitivo el resto del año y se ganó un nuevo contrato de tres años con el fabricante coreano.

Y en 2016 vio recompensada su fe. Tras otra segunda plaza, esta vez en Suecia, logró su primera victoria en Argentina tras batir en un especatacular duelo a Sébastien Ogier en la última especial del rallye.

Después de ser un habitual del Top 5, Paddon se ha marcado en rojo 2017 para dar un paso más en su carrera junto a Thierry Neuville y Dani Sordo en el equipo Hyundai.

• Hayden has always been determined to succeed in the WRC. As a schoolboy he funded his rallying by squeezing in a 5am paper round, shifts in a fish and chip shop and a job selling motorbike spares.

• His PWRC title in 2011 made Paddon the first Australasian driver to win an FIA world rally title.

• His maiden WRC win in Argentina 2016 marked him out as one of the sport’s brightest rising stars.

The story so far

Like many professional drivers, Paddon’s career began in karts. Racing from the age of six, he sold his kart when he was 13 to buy a grass-track Mini. Supported by his father Chris, a club rally driver, he enjoyed success in Motorkhana in the Mini and rally sprints as co-driver to his father in a Toyota Levin.

Paddon’s first rally behind the wheel came in 2002 when he was 15. Driving his father’s Toyota fitted with learner plates, he finished fourth in class. Two seasons in the South Island Rally Championship followed, before a step up to a four-wheel drive Mitsubishi in 2005 and the New Zealand Junior and Rookie titles in 2006. He won the championship outright in 2008.

Paddon’s international ambitions were given a boost in 2009 when he won a Pirelli Star Driver scholarship to tackle the 2010 PWRC. He finished third that year, but a self-funded return in 2011 was more successful, and Paddon became the first Australasian winner of an FIA world rally title.

He returned in 2012 at the wheel of a Skoda S2000 and won three rounds, but was unable to hold on to the title. With funds low, Paddon managed just three WRC 2 rallies in 2013 before rounding off his season with eighth place at Rally de España on his first event in a World Rally Car.

Hyundai’s WRC arrival in 2014 couldn’t have come at a better time for Paddon. The team was eager to put miles on its new i20 WRC, and Paddon secured a six round programme in the manufacturer’s second-tier ‘N’ team.

Although the new car was far from perfect, he impressed with eighth places in Poland and Finland and took a career best sixth in Australia – as close as the WRC gets to his home ground.

The 2015 season marked Paddon's breakthrough. He finished second in Italy after leading for most of the opening two days and followed up with fourth in Poland. With confidence high, he showed strong pace through the rest of the year to earn a three-year deal with the Korean manufacturer.

And in 2016 he repaid that faith. After another second place, this time in Sweden, he clinched a thrilling maiden win in Argentina by beating Sébastien Ogier, fair and square, in a last-stage duel.

Thereafter a consistent top-five finisher, Paddon has marked himself out as a true contender in 2017 when he joins Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo in the main team.

Rally Clasificación Copiloto Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Sebastian Marshall 54. 0
Rally Sweden WRC Sebastian Marshall 7. 6+1
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Sebastian Marshall 5. 10
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Sebastian Marshall 6. 8
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Sebastian Marshall 6. 8
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Sebastian Marshall 42. 0
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Sebastian Marshall 43. 0
ORLEN 74th Rally Poland WRC Sebastian Marshall 2. 18
Neste Rally Finland WRC Sebastian Marshall 43. 0
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Sebastian Marshall 8. 4
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Sebastian Marshall 8. 4
Kennards Hire Rally Australia WRC Sebastian Marshall 3. 15

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