New Zealand World Rally Championship driver Hayden Paddon took part in the Get Connected Rali Ceredigion on 3rd and 4th September.
The Rally Argentina winner, former Production WRC Champion and five-time New Zealand Rally Champion will drive a Hyundai i20 N, similar to the car he currently drives select events of this year’s WRC Rally 2 Championship when he competes in Aberystwyth to start Wales’ only international status rally.
As Paddon is a competitor and ambassador of the Tour European Rally (TER) series – and this year’s Get Connected Rali Ceredigion a round of its prestigious six-round calendar – he was keen to learn more about the rally, which broke new ground from the start took place in 2019.
“We are very excited to conclude our European tour with Rali Ceredigion, an event I’ve heard a lot about,” he said. “I have spent some time in the area with the Wales Rally GB in the past but usually on the gravel forestry stages so I look forward to experiencing the Welsh tarmac and appreciate the warm welcome we have received in response to our received registration. ”
The organizers are delighted that the reigning New Zealand Rally Champion has decided to take part in this year’s event.
Organizing Committee Chairman Phil Pugh said: “It’s great to have Hayden, a rider with such world-class status, join us this year. It just goes to show how far the reputation of our event has spread considering we only ran the rally once.
“We are sure his performance will engage viewers and increase the publicity around our event which in turn will help us to engage with a larger audience, not only in the UK but on the other side of the world as well!” ”
With sustainability and environmental considerations being key pillars of this year’s Get Connected Rali Ceredigion, Paddon’s interest in the event is even more significant as he and his team have been involved in an important project for EV rally cars.
Based on a Hyundai Kona, Paddon Rallysport designed and built an all-electric rally car that was unveiled to the world in November 2020. After an extensive testing and development program, this groundbreaking vehicle made its competitive debut on New Zealand’s South Island. With Paddon at the wheel, it won the 4km Waimate Hillclimb.
Paddon will drive a Hyundai i20 N, supplied and operated by successful Dumfries-based motorsport preparation specialist Albatec. The passenger is yet to be announced.