Paddon targeting tarmac progression at Tour de Corse


Hayden Paddon heads in to the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France in third place in the FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ table and will be hoping to make the most of the valuable tarmac rally experience he gained last time out in Germany in the Hyundai Motorsport New Generation i20 WRC.

Along with co-driver John Kennard, the ever improving Kiwi, who recently targeted 2018 as his championship year, is a strong favourite for a podium position in Corsica.

“Tour de Corse has a lot of history. “ said Paddon. “It’s known as the ‘rally of 10,000 corners’, but in reality it’s much more than that. As a rally, it’s tight and twisty and very challenging from a driving point of view.

“We had some torrential rain last year but we had a decent run. We made a good step forward in our tarmac driving, so it was positive in that respect. If we can make another similar step this year, I think we will be even closer to the front.

“Our season up to now has had some high points and some low ones, so we’ll be hoping for competitiveness and consistency as we enter this final phase of the season.” he added.