The Korean manufacturer & rsquo; s swoop to its 44-year-old Frenchman, although the New Zealand driver expected to share the next car in the Hyundai Shell Mobis group together with Dani Sordo, as he did in 2018.
“Unfortunately there will be no WRC for us in 20-19 since there aren’t any opportunities. After the signing up of Sébastien Loeb we’ve been left high and dry – a seat/position which was intended we had after a couple months of negotiations,” said Paddon.
“Naturally we have been very disappointed but at the exact same time know which are the very fact of specialist sport. We also hold our head high and are happy with everything we achieved.
A Hyundai seat has been rsquo, Paddon &; s just alternative for 20-19 using m sport Ford appearing increasingly prone to maintain Elfyn Evans along side Teemu Suninen.
Paddon spent five seasons asserting his WRC win in Argentina in 2016. He ended his time with the team by finishing second at monthor two rsquo;s Kennards Hire Rally Australia, but pledged he would stay in the sport.
“Rallying is in my blood and it’s only a matter to re group and plan the upcoming steps. We have some which we’ll decide to try and put in place to have the entire world using your personal Kiwi team. I’m still-competitive, I’m still motivated, I still want to drive and I still want to win,” he explained.
&ldquoWe were always told it had been impossible to get a Kiwi to be from the WRC. Not only did we arrive , to get a rally and have eight podiums is some success which we are able to reflect on and wasn’t possible without help together with the belief of folks in NZ.
“Needless to say I believe as though we could have attained but you can’t spend life reflecting on the ‘exactly what ifs’,” Paddon added.
Paddon won rsquo & this season;s New Zealand championship in an I 20 AP4 manufactured an expansion of that programme and by their team would now appear his choice.