Hayden Paddon is keen to move on from disappointment at Monte Carlo Rally when the World Rally Championship shifts to some of his favorite high-speed stages in the upcoming Rally Sweden on February 12 to 15.
Paddon’s debut in Monte Carlo started well, but the Kiwi became one of the victims of an ice-covered stage three when a light impact with a tree broke his car’s suspension.
For round two, Paddon will have one of Hyundai’s all-new i20 World Rally Cars at his disposal and the benefit of an event that he has tackled twice before in 2012 and 2015.
”Going to the Monte we didn’t really have any expectations, but the amount of the snow and ice this year made it even more difficult than I thought it would be,” Paddon told wrc.com.
He said it was hard to accept that he crashed at the Monte Carlo Rally at a slow speed but said that was part of the learning curve.
“I feel much more confident going back to Sweden, it’s a rally I’ve done before and one I enjoy too. When it comes to stages I like the fast stuff, and Sweden’s right up there with Finland in terms of average speed,” Paddon said.
”We did some good testing in December with the new car, and we have another day in Sweden the week before the event. I have high hopes and want to deliver a good result,” he added.