Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon is hoping to unleash the full potential of his new car at the World Rally Championship event in Sweden.

Paddon and his Hyundai team unveiled their new car in the opening round at the Rally Monte Carlo which was cut short following the death of a spectator involving his car.

Paddon says his preparations in Sweden have been going smoothly.

He says the car is a big step ahead of what he used in the same rally a year ago so he has to focus more on his driving than the result

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The event begins on Thursday.