Hyundai's Hayden Paddon says it was important to restart the Rally Argentina for his confidence following an accident that left six spectators injured.

The New Zealand driver limped home in 16th place in the final classification of a high-attrition rally, suffering two separate incidents on Friday and Saturday which forced him out of contention.

The Hyundai i20 WRC driver sustained a broken gearbox mount on Friday morning's opening stage but nursed his car through the day until a mid-leg service revealed a broken exhaust manifold which ruled him out of the running.

Paddon restarted the rally on Saturday in Rally 2 regulations but just after the start of SS9 a small jump caused his car to land on its side and crash out. The driver, and his co-driver John Kennard, were unhurt in the accident but six spectators were injured and required medical attention, with officials cancelling the stage.

Going on the restart the rally on the final day in an effort to rebuild his confidence following the incident, Paddon is now looking to Portugal.

"It was obviously a difficult day, but good to get back in the car and get some miles, and try to build on some confidence again," Paddon said. "It was a short day with just two stages, so today [Sunday] was just important to bring the car home which we've done and now we can try and look forward to Portugal.

"I think it was important for us to re-join today just to get some confidence and to get some momentum for the next rallies. As an event, it's a nice challenge and different from the others we do, and that's what the World Rally Championship is all about."

Paddon and Kennard are set to return to New Zealand for the Otago Classic Rally, scheduled for the 8-10 May, before flying back to Europe for round five of the World Rally Championship in Portugal for the 21-24 May.

"We know when all the pieces of the puzzle come together that we can be competitive up the front so we'll take what we can from this one and move on."


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