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Hayden Paddon

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Información

Nacionalidad:  NZL
Fecha de nacimiento: 20.04.1987
Edad: 28
Lugar de nacimiento: Geraldine
Primer rallye: 2007, Great Britain
Website: www.haydenpaddon.com

Temporada 2015

Clasificación: WRC
Coche №: 20
Equipo: Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team
Copiloto: John Kennard
Puntos: 84
Clasificación: 9
Rallyes ganados: 0
Abandono: 0
Podios: 1

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Here’s what makes him special:

• Paddon está decidido a triunfar 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 persistencia podría estar a punto de dar sus frutos. Este año disputará doce pruebas con Hyundai, su mejor oportunidad para demostrar lo que puede hacer.

• 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.

• Es el primer piloto neozelandés en asegurarse un contrato profesional para competir en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallyes.

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 as a driver 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 WRC2 rallies in 2013 before rounding off his season with eighth place at Rally Spain on his first event in a World Rally Car.

Rally Clasificación Copiloto Rank Points
Rally Sweden WRC John Kennard 5. 10
Rally Guanajuato México WRC John Kennard 17. 0
Xion Rally Argentina WRC John Kennard 16. 0
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC John Kennard 8. 4
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC John Kennard 2. 18
LOTOS 72nd Rally Poland WRC John Kennard 5. 12
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC John Kennard 60. 0
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC John Kennard 9. 2
Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC John Kennard 5. 10
Tour de Corse Rallye de France WRC John Kennard 5. 10
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada WRC John Kennard 6. 8
Wales Rally GB WRC John Kennard 5. 10

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