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Hayden Paddon

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Nationality:  NZL
Date of Birth: 20.04.1987
Age: 32
Birthplace: Geraldine
First Rally: 2007, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.haydenpaddon.com

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 0
Car: Ford Fiesta WRC
Team: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Co-driver: John Kennard

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Here’s what makes him special:

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

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

• He scored his first, and only, WRC win in Argentina in 2016.

The story so far

Paddon’s career began in karting and grass track racing before his first rally behind the wheel in 2002, aged 15, when he drove father Chris’ Toyota fitted with learner plates.

Two seasons in New Zealand’s South Island championship followed, before a step up to a four-wheel drive Mitsubishi in which he won his country’s junior and rookie titles before claiming the championship outright in 2008.

Paddon’s ambitions were boosted 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 he became the first Australasian winner of a world rally title.

He returned in 2012 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 the season with eighth at Rally de España on his World Rally Car debut.

Hyundai’s WRC arrival in 2014 couldn’t have come at a better time. 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 team, impressing with sixth in Australia.

The 2015 season marked Paddon’s breakthrough. He finished second in Italy and 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.

He repaid that faith by clinching a thrilling maiden win in Argentina in 2016 after beating Sébastien Ogier in a last-stage duel and went on to finish fourth in the points.

Expected to be a genuine contender in 2017, Paddon struggled to make his mark and his driving duties were reduced in 2018. He ended the year with second place in Australia but Hyundai did not retain him.

He returns to the WRC in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta.


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

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

• He scored his first, and only, WRC win in Argentina in 2016.

The story so far

Paddon’s career began in karting and grass track racing before his first rally behind the wheel in 2002, aged 15, when he drove father Chris’ Toyota fitted with learner plates.

Two seasons in New Zealand’s South Island championship followed, before a step up to a four-wheel drive Mitsubishi in which he won his country’s junior and rookie titles before claiming the championship outright in 2008.

Paddon’s ambitions were boosted 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 he became the first Australasian winner of a world rally title.

He returned in 2012 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 the season with eighth at Rally de España on his World Rally Car debut.

Hyundai’s WRC arrival in 2014 couldn’t have come at a better time. 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 team, impressing with sixth in Australia.

The 2015 season marked Paddon’s breakthrough. He finished second in Italy and 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.

He repaid that faith by clinching a thrilling maiden win in Argentina in 2016 after beating Sébastien Ogier in a last-stage duel and went on to finish fourth in the points.

Expected to be a genuine contender in 2017, Paddon struggled to make his mark and his driving duties were reduced in 2018. He ended the year with second place in Australia but Hyundai did not retain him.

He returns to the WRC in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta.

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