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Hayden Paddon just can't get a break, with a third WRC comeback thwarted before it even got a chance to start. The New Zealand was close to signing a contract to drive a Hyundai i20 WRC in several WRC rounds, including his home rally, when the COVID-19 virus struck. “It looks like everything’s on the backburner now. We’d reached the contract stage, but the virus has put paid to things for now. “I don’t want to give away too many of the plans, but the idea was for us to build towards an outing on Rally New Zealand. We’ll have to see what happens now," Paddon told the DirtFish website. Paddon was expected to team up with young French driver, Pierre-Louis Loubet, in a two car team. “Such is life,” he said. “This is the way rallying can be sometimes.

Hayden Paddon testing a Ford Fiesta WRC before last year's Rally Finland.

“Let’s wait and see what happens. Obviously there are wider concerns right now and there’s a fair bit of uncertainty around the world. “It’d be nice to give it another crack, but let’s see when this this thing ends.” Paddon was scheduled to contest last year's Rally Finland in an M-Sport Fiesta, but a testing accident put paid to that. Then, in November, another M-Sport drive was cut short when Rally Australia was cancelled because of the devastating NSW bushfires. Now it's a third blow for the popular Kiwi, proving that things do actually happen in threes!

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