The Hyundai WRC team has announced it will retain Hayden Paddon for a further three years, his new contract running until the end of the 2018 season.
The 28-year-old Kiwi was the 2011 PWRC champion and joined Hyundai in 2014 on a part-time schedule after two seasons campaigning a Super 2000 Skoda Fabia in the SWRC/WRC-2.
He expanded to an increased campaign in 2015 and secured his first WRC podium in Italy, having led the rally heading into the final day but eventually losing out to three-time champion Sebastien Ogier.
Paddon currently sits eighth in the championship's standings, the second-highest Hyundai driver behind Thierry Neuville, having missed one round.
“I am very excited to sign with Hyundai Motorsport for a further three years," said Paddon. "The past two seasons have been an amazing journey and we have grown a lot.
"The team has helped me to develop and based on the rate that we have progressed together I have no doubt we will be winning soon.
"We are all working and striving towards becoming World Champions and I firmly believe Hyundai Motorsport will offer me the best opportunity to achieve that goal.
"First and foremost, though, we must target our first rally victory and that is my personal target for 2016.”
Hyundai has also confirmed Neuville and Dani Sordo will stay with the team in 2016.