Hyundai Motorsport has announced Hayden Paddon will get an increased programme with the manufacturer for the 2015 World Rally Championship having been entered for at least nine of the season's 13 events.

The Kiwi joined Hyundai during the second-half of the 2014 World Rally season, contesting six events and picking up a best finish of sixth place on the Rally Australia, as well as a career-first stage win in Spain.

For 2015, Paddon will drive the i20 WRC in at least nine events, beginning with the second round of the season in Sweden, while he will also take part in the recce for the Monte Carlo curtain raiser in January.

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"I am very excited to continue working with Hyundai Motorsport with an expanded programme, starting with round two in Sweden," said Paddon, who will joined by co-driver John Kennard. "I learnt a lot and built some really good partnerships within the team this year and it was an obvious choice for us to develop more and chase better results in 2015.

"Also, the confirmation of us doing more events will be crucial for me to develop as a driver and to work closer with the team. The first part of 2015 will remain a learning curve as we will be competing on events in which we have little or no experience.

"However, once we return to the events that we did this year, I believe we can be very competitive and start pushing to be fighting amongst the top 5. We have high hopes for the year and look forward to working with the team and helping with the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC."

Team principal Michel Nandan is pleased to have Paddon continuing with the manufacturer for 2015, praising him for his technical feedback.

"I am pleased that Hayden will continue to be part of the Hyundai Motorsport team in 2015 and taking part in a greater number of events with us. He had a great first WRC season with us, putting in some eye-catching performances and helping us a lot in the development of our team and car.

"He gives excellent technical feedback and works very well as part of a close-knit team with the engineers and mechanics. He has already proven himself more than capable of rallying with the best drivers in the world and his personal development was evident as he reduced the gap to his more experienced colleagues.

"We are happy to be supporting this next phase in his career and look forward to seeing what he can do in the coming season, which promises to be an exciting one for Hyundai Motorsport."

Following a successful return to WRC competition in 2014, Thierry Neuville will continue to lead the Korean firm's challenge in 2015, while Dani Sordo will get an increased programme as a reward for his efforts during his own part-time campaign. Juho Hanninen - who took part in six events in 2014, is yet to have his plans confirmed.


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I see on another website they are saying PH sport might run him and Petter next year in DS3's but with Solberg starting in Sweden. Time will tell.