PAD­DON AN­NOUNCES FULL WRC AS­SAULT

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Hay­den Pad­don has an­nounced he will com­pete in all 12 of the 2015 FIA WRC events, from Rally Swe­den on­wards, be­hind the wheel of the third Hyundai Mo­tor­sport– pre­pared Hyundai i20 along­side team mates Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo. John Ken­nard will con­tinue as Pad­don’s co-driver as the duo take on the world’s best rally driv­ers af­ter their ex­tremely suc­cess­ful 2014 WRC de­but. They con­tested six WRC events with Hyundai, scored WRC driv­ers’ points on five events, and won their first stage in the Ral­lyRACC – Rally de Es­pana. The Kiwi pair­ing have just re­turned to Europe to carry on testing the Hyundai be­fore Rally Swe­den, which will be the sec­ond time he has con­tested the event. “The first part of 2015 will re­main a learn­ing curve as we will be com­pet­ing on events that we have lit­tle or no ex­pe­ri­ence of, but this is an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge, and with each and ev­ery event comes greater knowl­edge of the car and our ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Pad­don ex­plained. We are told that as the year pro­gresses and the team has more ex­pe­ri­ence at that level of com­pe­ti­tion they will re­ally start to push their skills — and the Hyundai — to the limit.

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