Hayden Paddon survived final-day mechanical problems to secure his first World Rally Championship victory in Argentina.

Gear-change problems threatened to spoil Paddon's joy, but he held on to win YPF Rally Argentina by 14.3 seconds in a Hyundai i20 from championship leader Sebastien Ogier.

"Twice the car went into neutral when I changed down to first gear in hairpins and I had to reset before continuing," Paddon told www.wrc.com after finishing the classic El Condor stage, which was blighted by thick fog at the start.

Paddon's win created rally history as it was the first victory for a New Zealand driver in the world championship's 43-year history.

Ogier extended his championship lead in a Volkswagen Polo R, the Frenchman finishing the tough four-day gravel rally near Villa Carlos Paz 50.9secs ahead of team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

Paddon also won the final live TV Power Stage to claim three bonus points.

Team-mate Dani Sordo took two points for second while Ogier claimed the final point in third.