Latvala and Paddon: The first stars of Rallylegend

Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon are the first big names of Rallylegend 2015.

Jari-Matti Latvala with Volkswagen Polo R Wrc and Hayden Paddon with the Hyundai i20 Wrc are the first big names of Rallylegend 2015, the event connecting yesterday’s with today’s rallies during four full-immersion rally days, next October 8 th-11 th in the Republic of San Marino.

Together with the confirmation of Jari-Matti Latvala, so enthusiastic about the event last year as forerunner with his world champion VW Polo R Wrc, the Organisers of Rallylegend also announce the participation of Hayden Paddon, New Zealand driver of the Hyundai Motorsport team, who recently made himself noticeable in the World Rally Championship this year.

Both will drive in the role as exceptional forerunners and will thus precede the long line of cars involved in the Rallylegend: the spectacular Legend Stars and the racing categories: Historic, Myth and World Rally Cars.

“Last spring – Vito Piarulli, Rallylegend General Manager explains – I invited Hyundai Motorsport to be present at our event with an official driver. The invitation was welcomed with interest, and they finally allowed to register Hayden Paddon, who will join Rallylegend for the first time. This has been possible thanks to the collaboration of private team HMI Hyundai Italian Rally Team, the new structure created in Italy, which will put at disposal of the New Zealand rising star one of the Hyundai i20 Wrc, that is currently running in the International Rally Cup. We have to obviously thank Volkswagen for their great availability to support us in this initiative to create and enlarge Rallylegend towards a fascinating space dedicated to the current World Rally Championship, given the great success of the participation of Latvala and of the Polo R Wrc last year. I think that this will be highly appreciated by the thousands of fans who come and embrace our event every year”.

Jari-Matti Latvala, thirty-years-old Finnish driver, he has been official Volkswagen driver since 2013 and he is vice-world champion 2014, right after his team mate Ogier. Seven are the absolute victories by Latvala with the Polo R Wrc, the latest being the very recent Finland Rally.

Hayden Paddon, twenty-eight years old, from New Zealand, he has been with Hyundai Motorsport in the WRC since last year. His best results are coming right in the current season, where he obtained an excellent second place at the Sardinia Rally in Italy, where he has been leader for a good part of the rally, the fourth place in the Rally of Poland and the fifth place in the Rally of Sweden.


It will be a rare and unique show, as of Rallylegend tradition: there will be fifteen of them, altogether, the Lancia Deltas S4, all of them ex-works with the unique and exceptional Lancia ECV2, driven by the champions who have made them legends.

This is the “Delta S4 Celebration”, an event to celebrate 30 years from its presentation, that will gather first of all an enthusiastic Miki Biasion, twice world rally champion and Markku Alen, who will have two “S4” at disposal in Martini Racing livery. Many other passionate drivers of the past who made the history of this jewel responded eagerly to the call to come and celebrate the Group B vehicle from the Turin household, beyond the exited owners, such as the Swedish Mikael Ericsson and Kalle Grundel, Dario Cerrato, Fabrizio Tabaton and with the presence of technicians, Team Managers and mechanics of the time.


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