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Paddon confirms WRC2 programme
8 May 2013
Hayden Paddon has confirmed that he will compete in the WRC2 class on two rounds of the World Rally Championship later this year.
Paddon will contest the events in Finland and Germany in August at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia prepared by Baumschlager Rallye & Racing, and is working to try and secure the budget to contest additional events to launch a bid for the WRC2 crown.
The 26-year-old enjoyed success previously in the Production World Rally Championship, which he won back in 2011.
“It's amazing to be back in the WRC,” he said. “It may only be two events at this stage, but after last year I am more determined than ever to put the record straight and showcase what I know we can do – to be the fastest.”
“I know we can beat all the other competitors in WRC2, and there are a lot of very good drivers there. It won't be easy, but the target will be to win, and they are both events that I enjoy.
“It's also going to be great to be reunited with the team at BRR, who all did a fantastic job with John and me last year. They prepare and run a very good car for us. The S2000-spec Skoda is a dream to drive and I'm counting down the next two months already before we get in the car.”
Paddon added that he was hopeful that a strong run on the two events he is currently signed up for would help to secure a drive in the WRC next year – with Hyundai amongst the teams looking for drivers for its new programme.
“We continue to work very hard on securing a full-time opportunity in the WRC for 2014,” he said. “Events such as Finland and Germany, which I've contested and done well in previously, help us get the attention of the management of the new WRC teams and hopefully allow us to process the discussions we've been having with various people.”
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