Hayden Paddon rubs his dream in the Rally of Argentina


The Rally of Argentina is the land of premieres. Won in this
stage Kris Meeke his first rally in the WRC, and a year later, the story
it is very close to repeated. With three stages still to be won,
Hayden Paddon is
very close to registering his name in the history of the WRC
, every time that the
new zealand is the new leader of the race after the accident suffered by
Jari-Matti Latvala. Although in a first moment it was noted that the output of the
track the finn was due to a riding error, finally seems to
that the accident was due to a failure in the front suspension.

The persistence is to find reward and in the case of Hayden Paddon, may be at his first big moment in the WRC. To get to this point, the pilot of Hyundai started the day of the attack. In fact, Hayden Paddon scored the scratch on the SS10 and ss11 state road, knowing in addition that the sections of the second stage were much more detrimental to the interests of the leader of the championship. Unlike the first day where the earth is compact played in favour of the cause, during the day, Sébastien Ogier accused in a higher degree position output, to lose nearly half a minute in two tranches.

After accumulating a certain delay in the second special
unfortunate death of a spectator
for a possible hipotermina, the
the final section of the loop morning ended with a scratch of Jari-Matti Latvala, who
slowed down the ardor of Hayden Paddon in the same way that Andreas Mikkelsen
did the same with the hint of comeback of Dani Sordo. Behind, Mads
Ostberg accused lack of pace,
Henning Solberg problems in the power steering
and Lorenzo Bertelli a fault in the system ‘anti-lag’, demonstrating the lack of
performance and reliability of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC in what we


The scratch of Jari-Matti Latvala in the SS13 served
to open the loop evening. A result that began to consolidate the leadership
finn and that it did not portend what was to come minutes later. In full
dispute of the fourteenth special test, jumped the surprise.
Jari-Matti Latvala suffered an off track which ruled him out of the
. The disbelief in Volkswagen Motorsport was turning into hope
in Hyundai, a team that is
closer than ever before to baptize the Hyundai i20 WRC
with his first victory since his debut.

all in all, Hayden Paddon sleeps as the leader of the Rally Argentina with a lead of 29.8 seconds over Ogier. This margin should be more than enough for the pilot, new zealander, always and when not to make a mistake. The podium closes now Andreas Mikkelsen, that with its scratch in the last stretch of the day has taken a giant step to consolidate this third position, the whole time Dani Sordo stood at 17.7 seconds of the pilot Norwegian. In no man’s land and with more almost three minutes lost on the Spanish, Mads Ostberg is fifth.

taking Advantage of the different problems of their rivals and in what promises to be an interesting battle in the last day, Marcos Ligato has been placed sixth, although it leads in 4.8 seconds, Thierry Neuville, which in turn is tied to time with Mads Ostberg. A duel to the three bands for the sixth position in the that not be able to participate Eric Camilli who is ninth. The area of the points the complete Nicolas Fuchs at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia R5, after a great comeback on the riders of his category.


In fact, Nicolas Fuchs is again the leader of the category WRC2. Despite starting the day in third position and two minutes from the leader, the peruvian pilot has been shown to have a higher rate than their rivals. With Elfyn Evans out of the game once more by a puncture, the pilot south american has been rounding out a few seconds in the first place. In the end, the persistence Fuchs has had award and shortly after the start of the SS13, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari suffered a roll-over that made him lose almost 7 and a half minutes, in addition to the leadership of the category.

With this mishap, Nicolas Fuchs sends in WRC2 with an advantage of 3:26 on Hubert Ptaszek, a pilot that has reached the finish with the front of your car very touched. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari closes the podium with 10 minutes lost, while Elfyn Evans is stalking the fourth position of the category after the problems of Didier Arias. Finally, and without committing even a single error, Michel Fabre is still alive in the category WRC3, what about the goal of adding all the possible points in this year’s Rally of Argentina, where it has no rivals in the category.

Classification after SS15 of the 36th Rally of Argentina

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC 2:54:45.6
2nd Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +29.8
3rd Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +44.3
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +1:02.0
5th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3:46.2
6th Marcos Ligato Citroën DS3 WRC +8:13.1
7th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +8:17.9
8th Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +8:17.9
9th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +9:00.3
10th Nicolas Fuchs Skoda Fabia R5 +19:15.5

The last stage of the Rally of Argentina will start this Sunday at noon (14:08h) with the dispute of only three sections. The pilots will face 55,28 kilometres against the clock, in addition to taking the extra points from the Power Stage.