Sunday, Oct 6 09:21am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Hayden Paddon shows pace with stage wins at Wales Rally GB

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon showed speed on Saturday in Wales Rally GB but was stifled by punctures.

After Day 1 was brought to an early end due to an off on SS4, Paddon returned for Day 2 in the WRC 2 Pro field.

The day began with SS11 and concluded with SS17. It wasn’t a trouble-free day for Paddon, who suffered a double puncture on the final stage of the day. Before that, he had been one of the quickest competitors.

SS11 saw Paddon go second quickest. He won SS12 and SS13 and was second through SS14 and SS15 before claiming the third-fastest time on SS16 even with a puncture.

At the end of the second day, Paddon lay fourth overall, 59minutes18seconds off leader Kalle Rovanperä. Jan Kopecký lies second, 4minutes38second away from the lead while Gus Greensmith sits third after he too suffered troubles on the second day.

“A good clean day despite two punctures at the end,” Paddon said.

“I made some progress with the car, still not fully comfortable, but moving in a good direction. The base performance of the car is shown by our couple of stage wins today and top three on all stages, which is promising.

“We will keep working forward with the team tomorrow.”

Five stages remain in Wales Rally GB. A podium is still a possibility for Paddon, but all eyes will be on Rovanperä who can claim the WRC 2 Pro title if he wins on Sunday.