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In WRC return bid Paddon buys TCR car


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Paddon, who lost his production line World Rally Championship seat to Sebastien Loeb this year, is working each conceivable point to discover a path again into the WRC, and taking conveyance of one of the Korean producer’s race vehicles is a reasonable choice.

The Kiwi’s group is currently based out of the Highlands Motorsport Park near Queenstown, which implies he has day by day access to the 2.6-mile circuit.

It could likewise prompt appropriate race trips, following the current week’s news that MotorSport NZ will begin a nearby TCR arrangement in 2020.

“Having an office where you can simply sign in and get out there and do a few laps is phenomenal,” Paddon told Autosport.

“Seat time is still so essential and driving in an assortment of conditions is extremely helpful. The possibility came to purchase an i30 TCR and bring it down here and we seized the opportunity.

“I’m continually searching for approaches to help chip away at my driving, particularly on black-top and this is another approach to do that. There’s discussion of a conceivable TCR arrangement in New Zealand for one year from now, so perhaps we’d do a portion of those races – yet everything is still completely adapted to getting me back to the WRC.

“I’m doing a lot of arouses down here in New Zealand and Asia Pacific this year, driving our [i20] AP4 vehicle, however those occasions are rock and I needed to continue taking a shot at my Tarmac driving.”

While the previous Rally Argentina champ is moving in the direction of a WRC return, he will make his introduction in the Gloval Rallycross Europe arrangement in June, driving a solitary make Pantera RX6, bodied in an outline Hyundai i30.

“The rallycross will help keep me sharp,” said Paddon, “having a lot of autos around you and all battling for a similar peak is going to entirely energizing.

“I’m in Europe not long from now to test the vehicle out of the blue. Be that as it may, similar to I stated, the center is arousing. It’s the Otago Rally one week from now and that will be the primary challenge since we completed second on Rally Australia.

“I’m anticipating being pull out there.”

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