Local boy Hayden Paddon, along with new British co-driver Sebastian Marshall, secured their best finish in a WRC rally since Paddon's win in Argentina last year. The pair finished second place in Poland behind teammates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsou, making for Hyundai Motorsport's first one-two finish since Germany 2014.

The team no doubt stoked with the finish after a slow start on day one saw the pair sitting 40 seconds back in tricky conditions, which would close up to a third place standing after day two, and then with Norwegian Ott Tanak crashing out after battling Neuville for first, Paddon was free to squeeze on up.

"For us, it's a massive relief ... It's been 12 months since we were last on the podium, and this year's been some of the hardest times of my life ... this weekend has helped me lower the shoulders and relax a little bit. This gives us a bit of momentum now that we can build on to work towards future rallies."

Paddon and Marshall will next appear in Rally Finland, kicking off July 27.
 
 

Jaden Martin

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