New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon said he was satisfied with his 10th placing in the shakedown to the WRC season-opener in Monte Carlo.
Padden and fellow drivers battled mud on a 3.35km course designed to test their skills ahead of the Monte Carlo Rally which starts this weekend.
Driving his Hyundai i20, Paddon recorded 2m 15.3s to round out the top 10. Abu Dhabi Racing’s Kris Meeke topped the times with 2m 0.7s, just ahead of defending champion Sebastien Ogier (VW), who is seeking a third consecutive vcitry at Monte Carlo.
Hyundai are seen as a major challenger to the dominance of VW and Citroen with plenty of expectations on the rising Kiwi. Paddon is making his debut at the Monte Carlo event. “Tricky conditions with a lot of mud during shakedown. Feeling comfortable in the car,” he tweeted.