Paddon Rallysport Workforce took supply of a TCR-spec i30 previous this yr, the Kiwi the usage of it to assist sharpen his tarmac abilities as he seemed to paintings his as far back as into a standard WRC seat.

With checking out miles at Highlands Motorsport Park, the place PRG is primarily based, beneath his belt, Paddon has now elected to go into the Hyundai for the primary 3 rounds of the brand new TCR NZ season.

It is PRG’s 2nd important announcement this yr, the staff having showed again in August that it’s creating a world-leading all-electric rally automobile in response to the Hyundai Kona.

Paddon’s first correct circuit racing marketing campaign will kick off at PRG’s house circuit on January 17-19, adopted by means of races at Teretonga and Hampton Downs at the subsequent two weekends.

“TCR is a a hit method and it has take off all over the global and it thrilling for me to substantiate that I can contest the hole rounds,” mentioned Paddon.

“It gives an excellent taking part in box between other vehicles and other drivers and it has confirmed to be a method this is operating.

“Our staff made up our minds to get entangled as a result of we’re seeking to department out and have a look at new horizons. It’s the risk for the staff to expand, take a look at new avenues within the game and frequently push to get essentially the most out of ourselves.

“I’ve completed no circuit racing in any respect. Our race staff is primarily based at Highlands, so I’ve had the risk to force quite a few other vehicles on tarmac, however by no means on a race monitor with different vehicles round me, so clearly there’s going to be so much to be informed.

“I’m in reality excited for the problem. We need to move out and revel in ourselves, however on the similar time, it’s a possibility to be informed a brand new self-discipline of the game. I’m in reality having 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, in the meantime, hasn’t made a unmarried WRC get started this season. An preliminary one-off take care of M-Recreation for Rally Finland was once reduce brief when he crashed closely throughout pre-event checking out. He was once 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.

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