Hyundai boss Michel Nandan says Hayden Paddon delivered the “performance of his career” to take victory on Rally Argentina.
Paddon triumphed in the end by 14.3secs, but only after a superb drive through the final test, which netted the Kiwi the Power Stage win and ensured he held off Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier.
“This is a rally weekend that we will never forget! Hayden has put in the performance of his career to take one of the most popular victories we've seen in WRC in recent times,” Nandan reflected.
“His pace and commitment in the Power Stage was impressive; he and John [Kennard – his co-driver] both deserve this win.”
The victory continues Hyundai's impressive start to the 2016 WRC season - after podiums in Monte-Carlo and Sweden, and a fourth in Mexico - and the 1-2 in the Power Stage, with Paddon finishing first from team-mate Dani Sordo, gave Nandan further reason for cheer.
“This victory is fantastic for all of us at Hyundai Motorsport. It is our second win in WRC but the first with our New Generation i20 WRC in only its fourth event. We've worked so hard on this car so to see the fruit of our work is very special. All our drivers and team members can share in this moment,” Nandan continued.
“Dani [Sordo] and Thierry [Neuville] also fought hard to overcome a few difficulties this weekend to score crucial Championship points [and finish fourth and sixth]. We have never had a one-two in the Power Stage before [either], so that was just the icing on the cake. While we will enjoy this moment though, we know there is more to do so we will continue to push development of the New Generation i20 WRC. Portugal is next with a new set of demands and challenges.”