12 Sep 2011

Paddon wins World Production Rally Class

11:29 am on 12 September 2011

The New Zealand rally driver, Hayden Paddon, has created motorsport history by winning the Production World Rally Champion after winning the production category at Rally Australia.

Paddon becomes the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to ever win a world rally championship, taking the 2011 PWRC title with four consecutive category wins - another new record set by the talented South Canterbury driver in his second PWRC season.

He still has two PWRC events to contest this season but, with a perfect score of 100 points to his credit, the Subaru driver can't be beaten.

Paddon's successful weekend in the forests and gravel roads around Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast was topped off by scooping eight WRC points for finishing sixth overall, a phenomenal feat in a Group N production car.