Paddon confirmed for Rally Australia
Hyundai Motorsport has announced that Hayden Paddon will be part of a three-car line-up for Kennards Hire Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast in November.
Paddon missed last weekend’s WRC event in Spain after Hyundai added Andreas Mikkelsen to the full-time line-up.
Hyundai will contest Rally GB with a four-car line-up with Paddon, Mikkselsen, Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville.
The logistics of Rally Australia prevents the German-based team from running the same four-car entry.
Sordo will not make the trip to Australia as the team brings their team leader in Neuville, defending event winner Mikkelsen, while Paddon’s expertise on gravel has him selected ahead of Sordo.
The confirmation of the Kiwi’s entry is sure to see support from local fans and supporters travelling from New Zealand.
As the 2017 season draws to a conclusion at the popular gravel event, Hyundai Motorsport will be aiming to finish its fourth year in the WRC with a competitive team result.
“The complexity of logistics for Rally Australia meant that we were not able to run a four-car entry, although that would have been the ideal solution,” said Team Principal Michel Nandan.
“We had to make the decision based on which combination of crews we felt would give us the strongest all-round chance on the Australian gravel. Thierry scored our first Australian podium last year, an event that was won by Andreas and Hayden has made continuous improvements year-on-year in this rally.
“We want to finish the season in the most competitive way possible, to lay ourselves strong foundations for next year – that’s our aim.”
Kennards Hire Rally Australia is set to run from 16-19 November.