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More asphalt lessons for Paddon in Corsica

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017
Hayden Paddon © Getty Hayden Paddon

New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon is expecting to play second-fiddle to his team-mates at the Rally de France in Corsica.

Paddon admits he is still honing his skills on hard road surfaces, making the all-asphalt rally on the French Mediterranean island a challenge.

He and Hyundai co-driver John Kennard are nevertheless relishing their third drive at the event dubbed "the rally of 10,000 corners", which is dominated by narrow, twisty mountain roads.

"We want to be there to back up our team-mates Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo who will be in a good position to fight at the front," Paddon said.

"We need to focus on improving and getting ever more comfortable, but of course we also lean on our team-mates to help us learn more on this surface."

An improving Paddon is ninth overall after three rounds of the 13-leg World Rally Championship.

He retired from the opening event in Monte Carlo in January, when his spin-out at a corner resulted in the death of a spectator.

Despite mechanical issues, Paddon was seventh in Sweden and fifth in Mexico.

Corsica provides a unique challenge, with the entire rally comprising just 10 stages, which are unusually long.

The longest stage is 53.78km, which Kennard says provides stern test of both cars and drivers.

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