Paddon coming close to a WRC2 program for 2022

Hayden Paddon unveils that he is closing in on a WRC2 deal with Hyundai Motorsport for next season admitting that a WRC2 campaign is the only option for him at the moment.

The Kiwi had been driving for Hyundai from 2014 to 2018 having won only one event in his WRC career, but his contract with the team expired at the end of 2018, so he did not have a WRCar to compete in the following years.

However, he competed in Rally Great Britain in 2019 with M-Sport Ford in WRC2 Pro category and that was the last time that he participated in World Rally Championship.

Since 2020, he is competing in New Zealand Rally Championship having the support of Hyundai New Zealand. 

"Rally2 is the most realistic option", Paddon said.

"Naturally, I want to be in a Rally1 car, but I know I need to get back to WRC and that’s why we’re working on some stuff for next year.

"We’re not there yet with the program, but if you look back to PWRC and SWRC you’ll find that a lot of drivers start their campaigns later into the season – it gives you just that little bit more time to secure the funding.

"That’s what we’re doing right now. 

"We’re working with Hyundai New Zealand, we obviously have very good relations with them, they’ve stuck with us through thick and thin".


Photo Credits: Hayden Paddon

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