Hayden Paddon checked into a motorsport fitness boot camp to help him prepare for this week's Rally Italia Sardegna [8 - 11 June] - an event he rates as one of the toughest physical challenges of the season.
Paddon spent time at the Italian-based Formula Medicine, an organisation that has provided medical and fitness assistance to motorsport teams and drivers - including 75 Formula One racers - for the last 25 years.
"Sardinia is perhaps the most demanding European gravel event on the calendar, with the rough rocky roads providing challenges for the car and very hot temperatures providing a challenge for the drivers," the Hyundai Motorsport driver explained.
"Since Portugal, we have had a bit of time to prepare the pace notes and lift the physical training a notch to get ready for the hot temperatures. During the rally we can expect between 55-60 degrees in the car at the peak!
"So it was great to spend a few days at Formula Medicine where I was put through my paces. Last week we also spent two days testing in Finland in preparation for the rallies that follow Sardinia."
After a miserable start to the season, Paddon ended the most recent round in Portugal feeling upbeat about the set-up of his i20 Coupe. And he's feeling positive about the upcoming Mediterranean island rally where he made his debut with Hyundai Motorsport in 2014 and secured his first WRC podium in 2015.
"This year, we would like to add to those memories and by picking up where we left off in Portugal," he said. "I feel we are now heading in the right direction. Everything is starting to come together and feel a lot more positive, which, together with our good road position for this rally, means we don’t need to go chasing a result. It’s key to be clean, stay out of trouble and let the result come to us."