Hayden Paddon makes its debut in the Rally of Argentina winners


The nerves, the excitement or the fog that replaced the dreaded snow on the ‘El Condor’ were ingredients enough to succumb to the pressure on the most important day of your life. And at times he was on the verge of doing so after calar the car and have slight problems with the gearbox. However, no one could stop it, the WRC was. Hayden Paddon has added the victory in the Rally of Argentina, bring it to completion and its first victory in the World Rally. Podium finish for Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen in the lands of argentina, with Dani Sordo located in a fourth position.

The last day of the Rally of Argentina was born with a change of tide in relation to what is usually the last day of competition in most of the rallies. The crash of Jari-Matti Latvala by a failure in the suspension left to Volkswagen Motorsport with the role of persecutor. Sébastien Ogier had to wipe away 29.8 seconds ahead of Hayden Paddon, while both lived the great opportunity of his life. A crossing of sensations and feelings with 56 kilometres against the clock spread over three tranches, with two passes through the stretch of mountain range of ‘El Condor’.

Oblivious to the battle for victory, Ott Tanak recorded the scratch in the SS16, with his second scratch in the WRC. However, its performance was somewhat overshadowed by Sébastien Ogier, who finished second with a time of 13:53.6 and endorsed Hayden Paddon 7.4 seconds. A distance that made it minimal, just a few minutes later, when Ogier opened the box of pandora to try to achieve a victory that sorting is not needed, but that the ambition of winning the only rally that still resists it. All in all, Sebastien Ogier added the scratch in the SS17.


The time of Sébastien Ogier put the scare in the body to Hayden
, every time that the French shortened their disadvantage to a paltry 2.6
seconds of lack of the Power Stage. A poisoned spear of pure pressure
one of the new jewels of the championship dodged with the ease of
all a veteran. Assuming your final destination, Hayden Paddon claimed the
best time in the Power Stage, thus confirming its first victory in
the WRC
. A victory that also came watered with three extra points that
without a doubt, closed the weekend most brilliant of his career in
the World.

The party took place in Hyundai Motorsport with the
victory Hayden Paddon, in addition to brand new the trophy for the
pilot new zealand was the first win of the Hyundai i20 WRC 2016.
A prize for the engineers, mechanics, designers and all
components of a team that has developed three World Rally Car in
three years and is already working on the model 2017. In Addition, Dani Sordo
rounded out the final with his second-place finish in the Power Stage
, by adding two
extra points despite being reduced to the threshold of the podium. Sébastien
Ogier got the last point in the game.

With all Hayden
Paddon got the victory with 14.3 seconds ahead of Ogier
while Andreas Mikkelsen closed the podium with the other Volkswagen
Polo R WRC survivor, since Jari-Matti Latvala closed the rally
with a new accident
in the Power Stage that it departed from the last
position of the top ten. With a performance very solid, Dani Sordo
finished fourth in
. Mads Ostberg in the land of no one signed a fifth
position, while Thierry Neuville was sixth after beating hard
penalties to Marcos Ligato. The area of the closed Eric Camilli,
Henning Solberg and Nicolas Fuchs


With a lot more peace of mind and difference has decided the second category of the World Rally of Argentina. Nicolas Fuchs scored the victory in WRC2 after a rally from less to more, marked in any case by the problems he has had the pilot in paraguay and their main rivals. In fact, Hubert Ptaszek has finished second more than 4 minutes and 25 seconds of Fuchs. Third, for its part, has been Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, despite the overturn suffered during the day of Saturday, in a result that does not will satisfy you.

In any case, Elfyn Evans seems to be the great defeated in the category WRC2, which is the leader of the championship and was the big favorite to victory. After suffering all kinds of faults and penalties, the pilot welsh finished fourth, which, without being the expected result does not cease to be succulent points to consolidate his lead in WRC2. Finally and bring it to completion once more a rally regular and correct, Michel Fabre reached the goal winning the WRC3. A new victory without opponents that will about the title between the RC3.

final Standings of the 36th Rally of Argentina

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC 3:40:52.9
2nd Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +14.3
3rd Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +1:05.2
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +1:17.1
5th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4:56.7
6th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +9:29.5
7th Marcos Ligato Citroën DS3 WRC +9:39.2
8th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10:16.0
9th Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10:48.5
10th Nicolas Fuchs Skoda Fabia R5 +24:42.8