Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon has become the first New Zealander to win a World Rally Championship (WRC) round in the championships 43-year history.
The pair were separated by just 2.6 seconds ahead of the final El Condor speed test, but Paddon stunned the Frenchman to finish almost 12 seconds faster, securing an historic WRC win for the Kiwi and for Hyundai.
The victory also crushing Volkswagen’s hopes of securing an unprecedented 13 consecutive WRC victories.
2016 WRC Rally Argentina Top 5:
- PADDON (Hyundai) 3:40:52.9
- OGIER (Volkswagen) +14.3
- MIKKELSEN (Volkswagen) +1:05.2
- SORDO (Hyundai) +1:17.1
- OSTBERG (Ford) +4:56.7
Hayden Paddon said it was an unbelievable feeling piloting his Hyundai to victory.
“I can’t believe it, I really didn’t think I stood a chance before the last stage after losing time to Ogier this morning,”
“I gave that last stage everything I had. Tight and twisty roads like El Condor aren’t my strength but I drove the stage of my life.”