Hayden Paddon aims to finish tough WRC season on a high: 'We need to use this as a reset'




Hayden Paddon wants to put a difficult World Rally Championship campaign behind him and try to enjoy the final round in New South Wales this week.

Hayden Paddon

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Kiwi driver Paddon is a disappointing 10th heading into Rally Australia starting in Coffs Harbour on Thursday and is keen for a performance which will springboard him positively into next year.

"It's been such a tough year that we need to use this event as a reset to build towards 2018," said Paddon, whose season has been blighted by ill-fortune, mistakes and mechanical mishaps.

It is the Geraldine driver's sixth attempt at winning the Australian event while British co-driver Seb Marshall is making his debut.

The Hyundai Motorsport pair say they'll be revved up by the greatest level of Kiwi support they receive at any rally.

"It's as close to home we get, and while the roads are quite different to New Zealand, with the number of Kiwis that come over, it feels a little like a rally at home," Paddon said.

The highlight, as always for Paddon, will be the high-speed 50km Nambucca stage on Saturday morning.

The 21 stage event covers 320km and the rugged, dusty roads are normally tough on tyres.

However, Paddon says forecast rain could turn teams' plans on their head.

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