New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has been rewarded for his impressive performance in 2015 with a new contract from Hyundai Motorsport. The Kiwi has signed a three year deal to become a full time driver in the FIA World Rally Championship from next year along side teammates Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville.
Paddon, who initially joined Hyundai Motorsport for a six-rally campaign in 2014 , has exceeded expectations in the i20 WRC on a number of occasions this year for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team and and has been running an expanded programme of twelve WRC events this season.
The Kiwi led the Rally Italia Sardegna for a time and came home second for his first WRC podium. Paddon has also had a number of top five finishes over the course of the season.
“I am very excited to sign with Hyundai Motorsport for a further three years.” said Paddon, “The past two seasons have been an amazing journey and we have grown a lot. The team has helped me to develop and based on the rate that we have progressed together I have no doubt we will be winning soon.
“We are all working and striving towards becoming World Champions and I firmly believe Hyundai Motorsport will offer me the best opportunity to achieve that goal.”
The New Zealander will be aiming for more success this weekend when he tackles the RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada this weekend.