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Paddon admits WRC return possibilities bleaker than ever

Paddon became once compelled out of the series on the dwell of 2018 after the Alzenau group signed 9-time WRC champion, Sebastien Loeb.

A programme had been tabled by then Hyundai Motorsport boss Michel Nandan but it surely became once deemed too limited by Paddon.

Present makes an are trying by the Unusual Zealander to position a path abet into the series had been stymied by a attempting out accident that averted him from starting up Rally Finland with M-Sport Ford two seasons ago.

The cancellation of Rally Australia later that same twelve months as a result of bush fires became once yet any other setback for his aspirations, with plans to complete a four-rally programme in 2020 ended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crash of Hayden Paddon, M-Sport

Wreck of Hayden Paddon, M-Sport

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Paddon, the 2016 Rally Argentina winner, urged Motorsport.com the prospect of him successfully negotiating a pressure in both the WRC or the WRC’s WRC2 enhance series between now and December became once distant.

“To be true, I would indulge in to be abet within the World Rally Championship – I would give something else to be abet within the World Rally Championship – but I am moreover real looking,” the 33-twelve months-old acknowledged.

“We had been on the sidelines for some time now and there’s a few other young drivers coming by strategy of [the ranks].

“Negotiations with teams beget severely stalled for now. The initiate up of the season is continually the busiest for teams.

“It’s most efficient spherical mid-season that they begin to imagine the following twelve months.”

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In between talking to groups to search out a deal that works for every and every parties, Paddon has moreover been devoting a extensive amount of his time to constructing an electric rally vehicle per Hyundai’s limited Kona crossover.

He believes it is the formulation forward for the sport and reckons the technical know-how that he is learning with regards to packaging and efficiency may perhaps perhaps invent him aesthetic within the position as a take a look at and pattern driver.

From 2022, Rally1 autos will mix a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 100kW inch-in hybrid unit, with M-Sport Ford, Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai Motorsport all busy within the abet of the scenes.

“I may perhaps perhaps be surely drawn to a take a look at position, and helping a group to create their fresh hybrid programs, because I surely feel we’re building our files snide fairly effectively in that pickle for the time being,” acknowledged Paddon.

“I surely feel I may perhaps perhaps bring [results] – but I’m no longer preserving my breath.

“I peaceable need to worry, whether or no longer that is as a Rally1 driver, Rally2 driver or even accurate a take a look at driver. I surely feel I peaceable beget loads to offer.”

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