Paddon hell-bent on WRC return

Hayden Paddon says he’ll do whatever it takes to get back in a World Rally Car this year, as the disappointment of his pre-Rally Finland crash lingers.

” I will drive anywhere, on any rally for the rest of the year. I just want the opportunity to show what I can do,” Paddon told

“Even though I only worked with those (M-Sport) guys for a short time, it was clear to see the ambition and the ability within the team. And the Fiesta felt fantastic from the first kilometre.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to be there. I got close in Finland, and it hurt really bad that it ended the way it did. That’s not going to be the end of my time in the WRC.

“I’ve still got a lot of years left in me and, as I said before Finland, I honestly believe I’ve never driven better or been in better shape than I am right now.”

Paddon’s next event is the final round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s Pacific Cup, to be held in Victoria on August 24 and 25.

He will drive a Walkem Motorsport Hyundai i20 R5 in the event, which is also the fourth round of the Australian Rally Championship, based out of the goldmining city of Ballarat.

Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.

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