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New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon heads to Poland with high hopes

The fast roads of Poland are enticing Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon as he looks to keep his momentum going in the World Rally Championship. Paddon heads to his sixth event of 2015 this weekend fresh from his first podium finish.

The 28-year-old stunned the WRC with a second place to world champion Sebastien Ogier in Sardinia, winning plaudits from everyone involved in the sport.

Paddon said he is hoping staying focused on his game plan will deliver a top-five finish on the fast flowing roads in Poland.

“At the start of the year we set our target for this event to finish in the top five and that remains the same,” he said.

Paddon is in Finland, the next stop of the championship after Poland, where he’s been testing with Hyundai Motorsport.

“Yes, our good result in Sardinia gives us more confidence and people maybe expect more from us now, but we won’t get carried away.

“For John [Kennard] and me, our plan and approach remains the same, taking each event as it comes.”

Helping Paddon is the fact almost 90 per cent of Rally Poland’s route has changed from last year, but the event continues to feature the fast, sandy roads.

“We really enjoy events that have a majority of new stages or layouts.

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