Hayden Paddon (born 20 April 1987) is a New Zealand rally driver. At its sixteenth participation in a World Championship race, the Rally Australia in 2011, he drove for the first time in sixth place overall. Here he succeeded in the fourth victory in his fourth race of the discharged as part of the World Rally Championship Production World Rally Championship 2011 ( PWRC ). This Paddon was prematurely PWRC champion of the 2011 season.
Paddon, whose father is also a rally driver began early on to act in motorsport. As is so often the case, he also began karting before he officially joined in a rally car.
At the age of 15 years Paddon first took part in a rally. From 2006 he started in the New Zealand Rally Championship. With a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, where he won both the rookie and the Junior classification. On his first World Rally Championship race, the then 19 -year-old Paddon had participated in the Rally of New Zealand 2007. Because at every rally their organizer may nominate two guest driver from his country who are entitled to points for the championship.
At the end of the season of the same year he competed in the Rally of Great Britain for the team Jordan. In 2007 he won the New Zealand Junior classification again and missed by just one point the title of the New Zealand Rally Championship. In 2008 he won the New Zealand Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. In the New Zealand Rally, he finished twelfth overall and thus the fourth rank of the PWRC class.
In 2009 he was a second -time champion of the New Zealand Rally Championship. He also qualified for the Pirelli Star Driver -Asia- Pacific - finals. There, he scored with his only start of the World Rally Championship in 2009, not only the PSD Final victory and ninth overall in the Rally of Australia, he was also the first of the PWRC class. Thus he received for the next season " Pirelli Star Driver scholarship ". This enabled him 2010 free participation in six rounds of the World Rally Championship in the P -WRC class.
In 2010 he took part in the six above-mentioned events. There he won at his home rally in the PWRC class. At the Rally Germany and the Rally Japan, he came second in its class. In Finland and the UK, he was class of third parties. Only in the Rally of Corsica he reached only six PWRC points. With these six runs he finished third overall in the PWRC Championship 2010
In 2011 he moves back to the PWRC class. In Rally Sweden 2011, he renounced participation. The first year starting in a Subaru Impreza STI, he reached the fourth victory and already clinched the PWRC championship 2011 after his fourth start.