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WRC Rally Monte Carlo: Paddon, Kubica crash out of Monte Carlo SS3

Hayden Paddon and Robert Kubica hit trouble on the first of Friday's stages for the Monte Carlo Rally, with both out for the day.
Hayden Paddon and Robert Kubica have slid out of the 2016 Monte Carlo Rally after crashing at the same corner during first of Friday's six stages.

Competing in Monte Carlo for the first time, Kiwi Paddon – driving the previous generation i20 WRC - was running a fine fifth overnight just behind his team-mate Thierry Neuville, but a mistake on ice 6km into the Corps stage would see him hit a tree and damage a rear wheel.

Hyundai quickly confirmed he is out for the day, though is still able to potentially restart tomorrow under the Rally 2 format.




Paddon wasn't the only driver to hit problems in SS3, with ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica – who was seventh after the first two stages – sliding off the road at the very same point, but plunging off into a tree at low speed.

Kubica – whose rallying future is uncertain beyond the Rally Monte Carlo - is also expected to be out for the day at least.



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