Hayden Paddon had the best start of the four car Hyundai Motorsport team finishing Day 1 in Poland in fifth place overall, two place ahead of Thierry Neuville.
Paddon said: “The stages today have been really enjoyable and challenging in equal measure. We struggled initially to pick up a rhythm and the pace notes were not working as well as we’d hoped. Things didn’t really gel as I had expected but we had some better runs this afternoon with a good tyre choice, particularly using the hard tyres on the long stage. It hasn’t been a bad day overall. We are in a close fight for the top five, so we have to keep our focus and continue to gain more confidence on these stages.”
Neuville added: “These new-look stages are very fast and we have struggled at times, like many others, with our pace notes. That’s something we’ve worked on during the day. This afternoon, it was very important to manage the tyres. We had a good run in the long stage but we lost a bit of time in the penultimate stage, but that was acceptable in the circumstances.”