Paddon targets a WRC partial programme for 2023

Hayden Paddon expresses his desire to return in World Rally Chapionship with a part-time programme in 2023 while he reveals that he will take part in WRC2 class with Hyundai New Zealand next year.

The last time that Paddon competed at the top level was in 2018 when he was driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, but ever since he was not able to take part in the main category of WRC despite the fact that he was expected to compete in Rally Australia with M-Sport Ford in 2019, but his Fiesta was heavily damaged and was not able to participate in the rally after his crashing during the pre-event test.

In 2022, he took part in three events of WRC2 Open in which he won his home event earlier this month while he was forced to retire from Rally Estonia due to medical reasons.

"The perfect season would be a full WRC2 programme and some selected Rally1 outings", Paddon said.

"There’s some really good rallies out there where I think we could do very well.

"Events like Portugal and Sardinia, if Chile’s back or México – those kinds of medium speed, technical rallies where we have experience. 

"Maybe on those events you can rely a little bit on the running order to offset the fact we haven’t been in the car so much.

"Like I said, the focus is the WRC2 programme with Hyundai New Zealand and we’re going to give that everything we’ve got, but it would be perfect if we could find a way into a Rally1 car as well next season".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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