Even the New Zealander was ousted from Hyundai Motorsport’s line-up at the conclusion of 2018 as it signed up nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb into part programme at its third I 20 .

That’s meant Paddon, with just one success to his charge after going the field at YPF Rally Argentina at 20-16, has been forced to watch the first three rallies of this brand new season from the sidelines.

Nevertheless, the 31-year-old hasn’t given on his fantasy and insists he’s prepared to come back to the series at the first opportunity.

“It’s not just a closed door and we will continue trying to get straight back in the at the future,” said Paddon, that finished second on his final appearance at last season’s Kennards Hire Rally .

“At this stage, I would say 2020 are our realistic chance, but never say never. ”

Paddon has outlined his competitive calendar to the coming season and he’therefore convinced his combination of NZ Rally Championship, rallycross and hillclimb events will allow him to remain eloquent and react quickly if a recall come his way.

He said: “We will still do plenty of driving in 2013, and I will be increasing my practice and preparations to ensure that I ’m 1 10% ready if we receive an opportunity. Even though its tomorrow I am ready! ”