Paddon set for an ERC Fiesta in Ypres

Leading international driver Hayden Paddon says he can’t wait to make his FIA European Rally Championship debut later this month.

New Zealander Paddon will drive a Ford Fiesta S2000 on the Geko Ypres Rally in Belgium from 27-29 June and says he is relishing the opportunity.
“Ypres is one of the biggest events on the calendar,” said Paddon. “The Tarmac roads will provide a real challenge as they are unlike anything we have driven on. Likewise driving the Fiesta for the first time will take a little adapting to. But this is all part of the process of developing myself as a driver, experiencing new events and challenging myself in different vehicles – I can’t wait.”

He continued: “It is also great to be competing in the ERC, the sister championship to the WRC. It puts us in direct competition with a lot of Super 2000 drivers.”

Twenty-six-year-old Paddon is the 2011 Production Car world champion. He will be co-driven by fellow Kiwi John Kennard.

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