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Paddon cranks-up Estonia prep

The former WRC rally winner completed sixth total within the sixth spherical of the FIA European Rally Championship, which befell on high-speed gravel roads in western Latvia. 

It marked Paddon’s first gravel begin in Europe since Wales Rally GB in 2019 – which was additionally the final time he competed within the WRC – and he took supply of his Hyundai i20 N Rally2 just some days earlier than the beginning. 

He informed WRC.com the aim of the outing was to study and develop the automotive in readiness for Rally Estonia subsequent week, the place the Kiwi will drive in WRC2.

“We’re not fully set,” Paddon admitted. “If something, we’ve discovered there’s an even bigger problem forward of us than we initially thought.


Latvia’s high-speed roads had been consultant of what Paddon will face subsequent week


“I feel it was an excellent weekend, although. We realized heaps concerning the automotive and made loads of little modifications. We’ve bought some good data and the automotive needs to be a lot stronger for Estonia, however for positive, it received’t be an in a single day factor. 

“Quite a lot of the modifications we have to make, we’ve got to do after we’re away from the occasion and in a workshop. That means, we are able to absolutely undergo the automotive and take a look at every little thing,” he added.

This week, Paddon and his crew are basing themselves out of ALM Motorsport’s headquarters close to Tallinn.


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It’s going to be a busy few days for the crew. They plan to just about rebuild the automotive earlier than the WRC’s seventh spherical, with a give attention to the Hyundai’s dealing with elements. 

“ALM Motorsport are serving to us out,” he defined. “We’ll be primarily based there and we’ve bought numerous work to do. 

“We’re just about going to undergo and alter all of the differentials, all of the suspension and just about all of the dealing with elements. 

“It’s not that they’re unhealthy,” Paddon continued. “Some issues simply want tweaking for my driving type. We’ve recognized the place we are able to enhance in all of those areas, and that is nearly placing these issues in place.”


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