WRC - Paddon to contest WRC2 events

Former Production World Rally champion Hayden Paddon will contest the German and Finnish rallies in WRC2 later this year.

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Hayden Paddon (Reuters)

The 26-year-old Kiwi will drive a Skoda Fabia S2000 run by Austrian squad Baumschlager Rallye in the two events.

"It's amazing to be back in the WRC," said Paddon.

"It may only be two events at this stage, but after last year I am more determined than ever to put the record straight and showcase what I know we can do - to be the fastest."

"I know we can beat all the other competitors in WRC2, and there are a lot of very good drivers there.

"It won't be easy, but the target will be to win, and they are both events that I enjoy."

Paddon, who is hopeful of expanding his programme beyond its current two events, is aiming to use the rallies to attract the attention of Hyundai, which is joining the series next year, and other new outfits.

"We continue to work very hard on securing a full-time opportunity in the WRC for 2014, he said.

"Events such as Finland and Germany, which I've contested and done well in previously, help us get the attention of the management of the new WRC teams and hopefully allow us to process the discussions we've been having with various people."

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