Rallye Deutschland: Paddon encouraged by 'fantastic' result

'Everything heading in the right direction' for Hayden Paddon
Hayden Paddon managed to secure third place in the WRC2 category on Rallye Deutschland on Sunday after 'a weekend of progressions'.

It was a good result for the Kiwi, especially after he lost over 90 seconds in the opening test with an alternator problem.

Despite that though, he fought back in his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing (BRR) prepared Skoda Fabia S2000, setting twelve WRC2 top three-times in total – including winning SS3, SS4 and SS5.

Paddon also finished eighth overall and earned four 'senior' WRC driver points, which was an added bonus.

“After the alternator belt problems on the very first stage, to finish third and, surprisingly, eight overall, is a fantastic result and one that we are very happy with,” Paddon said.

“Today [Sunday] we had a drama-free day, just taking it steady with two third-quickest stage times to bring it home and bag another good result,” he continued.

“In a sense, it has been a weekend of progressions. After the first stage, we dropped to 36th overall then climbed back to eighth. We recovered from ninth WRC2 to finish third. And we've lifted from 19th place in the WRC2 championship to tenth from our two scoring rounds to date. So everything is heading in the right direction."

“Naturally of course we would like to be winning but at the same time we have to be realistic that trying to compete with the turbo cars ahead of us on these tight narrow roads was a tall ask," he added.

“However the Skoda's handling is very good and on certain events we will be able to compete with drivers like [Robert] Kubica and [Elfyn] Evans in the faster RRC and R5 turbocharged cars. Knowing the difference between the cars, we are encouraged with our speed and times.”

Paddon will now take in the Possum Bourne Memorial Rally on September 7, where he will be back in his championship-winning Stadium Cars Evo 9. His attention will then shift to Rally Australia, which runs from September 12-15.

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August 27, 2013 2:11 PM

I cant beleive Skoda are still sleeping behind the wheel. It Reminds me of how arrogant Ralliart Rugby were in the late 90s when they stuck with Group A while everyone else brought out a WRC Then by the time they reacted to the Rules it was too late and the went from dominating to being dominated in the flash of a WRC lol Skoda need an R5 Car and fast !

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