Paddon strong despite 15G Rally Portugal disappointment
- 21st May 2018, 2:28pm
Then came stage seven, Ponte De Lima where things were looking so promising “…only for Porta De Lima to bite us for a third year in a row,” Paddon said. “To be on the pace and leading the rally twice today was encouraging, driving within ourselves and looking to consolidate on the final stage of the day. “Unfortunately, I made a small mistake to avoid a big rock on the inside of a corner. Carrying too much speed for the corner, we ran wide with the rear of the car into the ditch. "A culvert in the ditch stopped us in our tracks, spinning the car 360 degrees back onto the road. The impact was over 15G.” Paddon and Marshall exited the damaged Hyundai i20 WRC without assistance, but Paddon’s back wasn’t good. Officials called for medical assistance and Paddon was helicoptered to a nearby hospital for scans and checks. Due to the severity of the impact which made an old injury flare up, doctors recommended Paddon stayed in hospital overnight. He was then released on Saturday morning (CEST) and returned to the rally service park. He says some quiet days to rest and recuperate will see him fully fit to compete at Rally Sardinia in early June. Marshall reported that he was okay, but a little sore. Paddon expressed his disappointment he couldn’t deliver a result and apologised to the team and his supporters.
SS7 - Game over for Paddon. Car is blocking the road for the following competitors. Paddon is being taken to hospital for precautionary checks, Marshall OK! Photos: @JuanjoLopez85 #WRC #RallyPortugal 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/wNOnRgziaz— Rallysupport (@RallysupportNL) May 18, 2018
“We still have some good things to take away from this weekend and are confident we will soon be on the podium. We are in the WRC to give it 100% as we did this weekend and have no regrets. "This was one of the roughest Rally Portugals ever where only 21 of the original 85 starters reached the finish without using Rally2 re-start regulations.” Next up for Paddon and his British co-driver is another gravel event, Rally Italia Sardegna, which runs 7-10 June. Paddon with former co-driver John Kennard scored his first-ever WRC podium finish with second place in Sardinia in 2015.
But unfortunately I made a small mistake to avoid a big rock on the inside of a corner which sent us wide into the ditch and there was a culvert in the ditch to stop us in our tracks. Really sorry for the team and everyone supporting us. Awaiting clearance from the hospital 2/2 pic.twitter.com/VAcCOEuENX— Hayden Paddon (@HaydenPaddon) May 18, 2018
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