Pad­don grate­ful for quick i20 turn­around

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Hyundai driver Hay­den Pad­don has praised the team’s ef­forts in build­ing a new i20 WRC from scratch in just seven days af­ter his car was lost to a Rally of Por­tu­gal fire last month.

Kevin Ab­bring’s car wasn’t en­tered on the fi­nal day in Por­tu­gal – that day was spent reprepar­ing it for Sar­dinia, buy­ing the Frank­furt-based team more time ahead of the job of build­ing a New Gen­er­a­tion i20 from scratch.

Pad­don said: “I’d like to thank every­one in the team for get­ting our car ready for us. Let’s hope we can re­pay those ef­forts with a pos­i­tive re­sult.”

Team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan added: “With just two weeks be­tween the fi­nal day of Por­tu­gal and [the cars] leav­ing for Sar­dinia, it has been hard work to build a New Gen­er­a­tion i20 WRC but one which every­one has come to­gether to achieve.

“We have some great mem­o­ries from last year’s dou­ble podium (Pad­don sec­ond, Thierry Neuville third) in Sar­dinia. We look for­ward to restor­ing the pos­i­tive mo­men­tum cre­ated by our best-ever sea­son start – and hope­fully a re­turn to the podium.”

Pad­don scored his first world cham­pi­onship podium on the Ital­ian is­land last year, hav­ing led for much of the first half of the rally. He broke his WRC duck in Ar­gentina in April and is de­ter­mined not to let his fiery Por­tuguese shunt get in the way of his pro­gres­sion. He said: “We had a hard week­end in Por­tu­gal, but the ac­ci­dent doesn’t dent the con­fi­dence at all – in fact we are more de­ter­mined than ever to come back fight­ing in Sar­dinia.”

Pad­don: grate­ful

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