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    It used be great livery back in the day but it doesn’t do it for me on those pictures.
    "Some famous quote from some famous person"

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    So let’s look at the Hyundai situation. They have announced that Thierry has a contract for three years and will lead the team in 2019. Andreas has a contract for 2019. The contracts (or lack of them) for both Dani and Hayden are yet to be announced. BUT. In 2018 both Dani and Hayden had contracts then Andreas was brought in over the top of them both and we had the share car situation.

    We are lead to believe that Dani has stated that he does not want a full season.

    Hyundai have just updated the car to include the transmission changes that Hayden has been requesting ever since the car first saw the light of day

    Hayden meanwhile is back in NZ quietly running his AP4 car in various configurations including a new rear wing that not only is more pleasing to the eye but actually works better than the WRC type rear wing he had been using.

    Could it be that the final decision has yet to be made and that it could well be Andreas and Dani sharing a car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk2 RS2000 View Post
    Could it be that the final decision has yet to be made and that it could well be Andreas and Dani sharing a car?
    No.
    Paddon has been the slowest Hyundai everywhere except Finland.
    The diff for Paddon that you talk about was introduced before Finland, so there were 3 gravel rallies where to use it, he wasn't slowest only on one of them.

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    Well, I actually think the rumours that Hayden stays contracted with Hyundai and is loaned to M-Sport could be true. Hayden would get the final chance to show his potential on all 14 rallies, if he doesn't perform well, he would be dropped after that season. Sordo could share the car with Huttunen.

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    I would be surprised if Paddon drives for M-Sport given the number of hot-shoe Finns and other not-so-hot-shoe Europeans with serious financial backing to buy a seat at M-Sport

    Ford NZ sponsors sports teams e.g All Blacks (rugby), Cricket and hockey. https://www.ford.co.nz/about-ford/sponsorship/

    I doubt Paddon's family of NZ sponsors could bring the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ required/ necessary for a wrc season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    No.
    Paddon has been the slowest Hyundai everywhere except Finland.
    The diff for Paddon that you talk about was introduced before Finland, so there were 3 gravel rallies where to use it, he wasn't slowest only on one of them.
    Not sure that is a great comparison, in Turkey for sure and from watching him myself in GB, he was told to finish so wasn't pushing like the TN and AM.

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    Looking at the Skoda motorsport's social media accounts and the amount of posts about Chris Ingram I would put some money on that he will be in the factory car next year.
    Any other rumours/thoughts about Skodas next year line up? Kalle seems to be the only one with a deal currently.

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    I wrote some time ago about Ingram must being in Skoda colours and official site of Skoda Motorsport like it that post.

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    I've not seen these social media posts re Ingram & Skoda Motorsport - are we talking a WRC-2 drive or something else (ERC, BRC) ?

    Also, isnt the new ERC U28 champion Nikolay Gryazin likely to get a deal with them first ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    No.
    Paddon has been the slowest Hyundai everywhere except Finland.
    The diff for Paddon that you talk about was introduced before Finland, so there were 3 gravel rallies where to use it, he wasn't slowest only on one of them.
    If you think Paddon is the slowest of the Hyundai drivers you are delusional. Statistics and data only paints a part of the picture but without knowing the backroom conversations, workshop goings on and/or goals and targets set one cannot measure the performance.

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