Date of Birth:
20 April 1987
Place of Birth:
Timaru (NZL)
Nationality:
New Zealander
Interests:
Mountain biking, cricket, gym, golf & skiing

About Hayden

Hayden has emerged as one of the WRC’s most exciting talents in recent years. The Kiwi started out karting in 1993, inheriting his father's passion for motorsport. The five-time NZ Rally Champion became FIA Production Car World Rally Champion in 2011. In the same year, he picked up his first WRC points in Argentina. It would become a favoured venue as the scene of his debut win with our team. A keen golfer and cricket fan, Hayden has been with the team since 2014. He took his first podium for the team in 2015 before scoring an emphatic debut victory in Argentina in 2016. Helping the team to a 1-2 in Poland in 2017, the Kiwi reminded everyone of his potential. He brings a focused and ambitious mind-set, coupled with a down-to-earth and humble personality. Hayden is so passionate about rallying, when he’s not driving the car, you’ll find him talking about it online or watching on-board videos.

WRC Facts

First Event:
Rally New Zealand (2007)
First Victory:
Rally Argentina (2016)
Podiums:
7
Co-Driver:
Seb Marshall (GBR)
With Hyundai:
Since 2014

Photos

Q1.Who is your motorsport idol? 

Colin McRae and Possum Bourne were my two idols while I was growing up, not just because of their driving, but also their personalities as drivers.

Q2.What are your hobbies?

Enjoy golf and cricket and when not at gym, enjoy mountain biking for training.

Q3.What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

Somewhere where there is water, not too many people, sun and a jet ski. :)

Q4.Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

I have never wanted to be anything else, it has always been a rally driver.

Q5.What is your favourite food?

NZ Lamb.

Q6.Describe yourself in 3 words

Focused, passionate, ambitious.

2017

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (12)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Poland
Final classification: 8th

2016

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
Best result: 1st overall, Rally Argentina
Final classification: 4th

2015

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (12)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Italia Sardegna
Final classification: 9th

2014

Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (6)
Best result: 6th overall, Rally Australia
Final classification: 14th

2013

Several rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship (4)
Final classification: 1st
Several rounds of the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship (2)
Best result: 3rd, Rally Finland and Rallye Deutschland

2012

Several rounds of the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship (7)
Final classification: 4th

2011

Several rounds of the FIA Production car World Rally Championship (5)
Best result: 1st, Rally de Portugal, Rally Argentina, 
Rally Finland and Rally Australia
Final classification: 1st

2010

Several rounds of the FIA Production car World Rally Championship / Pirelli Star Driver (6)
Best result: 1st, Rally New Zealand
Final classification: 3rd

2009

Several rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship (5)
Final classification: 1st
Several rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (3)
Final classification: 1st
Pirelli Star Driver Australasia winner

2008

Several rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship (4)
Final classification: 1st

2007

All rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship (5)
Final classification: 1st
Debut at the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally New Zealand

2006

Several rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship (5)
Final classification: 1st

2004

Several rounds of the New Zealand 2WD Rally Championship (3)
Final classification: 1st

2002 Debut of rallying career
1993 Debut of karting career