Global Rally Championship occasion winner Hayden Paddon will race within the new-for-2020 TCR New Zealand sequence, in a Hyundai run through his personal workforce.
Paddon Rallysport Staff took supply of a TCR-spec i30 previous this 12 months, the Kiwi the use of it to lend a hand sharpen his asphalt abilities as he appeared to paintings his as far back as into a typical WRC seat.
With checking out miles at Highlands Motorsport Park, the place PRG is primarily based, underneath his belt, Paddon has now elected to go into the Hyundai for the primary 3 rounds of the brand new TCR NZ season.
It’s PRG’s 2d vital announcement this 12 months, the workforce having printed again in August that it’s growing a world-leading all-electric rally automobile in response to the Hyundai Kona.
Paddon’s first right kind circuit racing marketing campaign will kick off at PRG’s house circuit on January 17-19, adopted through races at Teretonga and Hampton Downs at the subsequent two weekends.
“TCR is a a hit components and it has taken off all over the global and it thrilling for me to substantiate that I will be able to contest the hole rounds,” stated Paddon.
“It provides an excellent taking part in box between other automobiles and other drivers and it has confirmed to be a components this is operating.
“Our workforce made up our minds to become involved as a result of we are seeking to department out and take a look at new horizons.
“It is the likelihood for the workforce to increase, take a look at new avenues within the recreation and frequently push to get essentially the most out of ourselves.
“I have accomplished no circuit racing in any respect. Our race workforce is primarily based at Highlands, so I have had the risk to power quite a lot of other automobiles on Tarmac, however by no means on a race monitor with different automobiles round me, so clearly there may be going to be so much to be told.
“I am in reality excited for the problem. We need to pass out and revel in ourselves, however on the similar time, it is a likelihood to be told a brand new self-discipline of the game. I am in reality taking a look ahead to it.”
The 2020 TCR NZ season will run over 5 consecutive weekends, beginning with the Highlands, Teretonga and Hampton Downs rounds, and completing with journeys to Pukekohe and Manfeild.
Paddon has no longer made a unmarried get started within the WRC’s best magnificence this season.
An preliminary one-off care for M-Game for Rally Finland used to be minimize brief when he crashed closely throughout pre-event checking out.
He used to be then set to go back to the Ford squad for Rally Australia, just for that occasion to be cancelled because of bushfires within the Coffs Coast area.
In between, he did contest Rally GB in M-Game’s WRC2 automobile however retired.