Hayden Paddon says he leaves Mexico feeling upbeat and positive for his next WRC event in Argentina in five weeks' time despite not achieving the result he had hoped for.

Paddon was contesting Rally Mexico for the first time last weekend - the only crew among 14 WRC competitors who hadn't done the event previously - and after damaging the suspension on his Hyundai i20 WRC in SS4 on Friday, he eventually finished 17th under Rally 2.

"I was pleased to have the chance to re-join under Rally 2 because Friday's incident was such a small error which happened to have big consequences on our rally," Paddon said.

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"We had to be patient after and accept that things would be tricky. We used Saturday's stages effectively as a test and to learn more about the nuances of this event. It has not been easy but it has certainly been valuable."

"Overall it has been an eventful rally for us but I think there are plenty of positive things for us to take away. The car has been good. Coming into Sunday's final stages, I watched the on-boards from my team-mates and I learned a few valuable things about my driving which I can now take forward to Argentina," he added.

"In the long 55 km stage on Sunday morning, we saw these improvements with some good spilt times and this is what we will analyse with both the data and on-board footage in the coming weeks to further improve.

"We have gained lots of mileage in the Hyundai 120 WRC car this weekend and built up a good bank of experience in these stages, which was the main target. With most WRC events more of a sprint format, stage familiarity is vital to be able to find those last tenths of a second per kilometre to challenge the frontrunners.

"Despite the outcome of this rally we came away feeling positive and upbeat. Now we are fully focused on our next event in Argentina in five weeks' time.

"This gap means we have time to head back to New Zealand and work with our partners, while continually stepping up the training and study for future events."