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  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143774044
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Driven: My Story




The explosive autobiography from New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon.

Hayden Paddon was just a boy growing up in Geraldine – in love with racing and dreaming big. Starting with nothing, and wholly determined to beat the odds, he set out on a remarkable 20-year pathway to the World Rally Championship, where he footed it with the best rally drivers on the planet.

But it didn’t come easy.

In Driven, Paddon details the many highs and lows along the road to the top. He opens up about his struggles with bullying, depression and loss as a young man, and goes on public record for the first time about the 2017 accident in which a spectator was killed and his controversial dismissing from the Hyundai Motorsport team in 2018.

It’s the real account from Paddon himself, in his own words, as he sets the record straight about his dramatic life on and off the road.

Driven is captivating, complex and inspirational – a mile-a-minute biography that celebrates self-belief, hard work, and turning dreams into a reality.

  • Pub date: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143774044
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Hayden Paddon

Haydon Paddon has committed almost his whole life to rallying, since go-karting at the age of six. Following in the footsteps of his idols Possum Bourne and Colin McRae, his goal has always been to become World Rally Champion.

Becoming regional then New Zealand’s national champion, then winning his first FIA rally at the age of 19, Hayden made the step up to the international arena in 2010 after winning the Pirelli Star Driver scholarship.

Securing the Production World Rally Championship the following year meant his team became the first from the southern hemisphere to take out a world title, before moving onto the Super 2000 WRC for the following two years.

The opportunity to join Hyundai Motorsport in 2014 was the culmination of over 20 years’ work, where Hayden and his team established themselves at the highest level of world rallying, going on to claim eight podiums and a famous victory at Rally Argentina in 2016.

Hayden’s now based out of Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, where he leads Paddon Rallysport.


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