Hayden Paddon: “A once in a lifetime opportunity”

Hayden Paddon is preparing for a frontline WRC career with Hyundai. Here he is joined by Hyundai Motorsport President Mr Choi
Hayden Paddon is preparing for a frontline WRC career with Hyundai. Here he is joined by Hyundai Motorsport President Mr Choi

New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon has just announced a seven rally deal with the Hyundai WRC team, starting at Rally Italia Sardegna in June.

The  26-year-old  will  be  flanked  by  his  compatriot  John  Kennard  and  will  be  behind  the  wheel  of  a Hyundai i20 WRC which will be entered under a separate entry of Hyundai Motorsport N. The duo will join  Hyundai  Motorsport  for  seven  rounds  of  its  maiden  championship  including  Rally  Australia  in September  where they will join the main team’s drivers Thierry Neuville and  Chris Atkinson, who has already been confirmed to drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC at that event.

Paddon,  who won the FIA Production car World Rally Championship in 2011, will have his  first taste of  the  Hyundai i20 WRC in April. Currently residing in Frankfurt, the talented Kiwi is already familiar with  the  Alzenau-based  team  having  visited  the  team’s  factory  recently.  Although  travelling independently, he will be wishing the team well when he attends Rally Mexico to recce the event.

Hayden Paddon’s 2014 competition schedule with Hyundai Motorsport N

NB. Only three of the TBC events will be contested

WRC Round 6 – Rally Italia Sardegna – 5-8 June

WRC Round 7 – Lotos Rally Poland – 27-29 June

WRC Round 8 – Neste Oil Rally Finland – 1-3 August

WRC Round 9 – ADAC Rallye Deutschland – 22-24 August TBC

WRC Round 10 – Coates Hire Rally Australia – 12-14 September

WRC Round 11 – Rallye de France-Alsace – 3-5 October TBC

WRC Round 12 – RallyRACC-Rally de Espana – 24-26 October TBC

WRC Round 13 – Wales Rally GB – 14-16 November

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Enjoy a brief run through some of Hayden’s rallying past below.




By Sam Tickell, February 2014

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