Paddon’s WRC dream goes up in smoke – literally
- 13th November 2019, 8:44am
"Personally I am absolutely gutted. It's the second time we have tried to get to a WRC event this year and the second time we haven't got to start. It's quite unbelievable really," he said."We needed a score on the scoreboard this year and that's what we were hoping to do here and showcase what I know we can achieve and use it as a platform to go and talk to teams and see what opportunities we can get for next year but without that it is very tough now.
"We had to find a lot of funding this year, $600,000 worth... but we are not not in a position to continue that."Paddon's chances of a WRC return look slim, with more drivers than seats in the current market. "It's likely this was our last WRC event and it's unfortunate it's ended like this," he added. "The odds are stacked against us now and there's just not the opportunities out there, and we have got other things to focus on with our own motorpsort project we can't just keep all our eggs in one basket. "There comes a time in life when there is a bigger picture...and the last three years have been setback after setback and it's not for a lack of trying, a lot of other drivers would probably have sat back and waited for something to come their way." In a year when it seemed that everything was conspiring against him, Paddon is left with a feeling of 'what might have been'.
"We should have achieved a lot more. It just feels like we haven't been given a fair shot over the past two to three years and that's the most frustrating part."New Zealand's return to the WRC next September would seem like the perfect time for Paddon to rejoin the championship, but a one-off drive would need to make sense for all the right reasons. Being uncompetitive after two years out of a WRC car isn't something that's likely to appeal to the determined Paddon.
Read Hayden Paddon's brilliant autobiography:https://rallysportmag.com/product/driven-my-story-by-hayden-paddon/
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