It’s been a long, but ultimately steady day on Saturday (UK time) for Hayden Paddon and John Kennard at Wales Rally GB despite their mechanical issues. The Kiwis have improved their overall standings to 6th. The highlight of their day was a 3rd quickest time on stage 9.
Paddon commented: “Another up and down day. When we haven’t had any problems, I think there’s been an improvement over yesterday which a positive to take forward. Ok, we had the gearbox problems this morning which cost us again, and still struggling a bit with confidence and to really read to the conditions right, that’s our biggest worry at the moment – simply trying to read the changeable grip. I’m not really adapting enough. We know what work on and we’ll try work on it tomorrow. We’ve got a big fight on our hands to try and keep Elfyn Evans behind us. It’s quite close so it’s going to be a big fight and we’ll try our best to keep him behind.
Speaking to wrc.com, he explains more about his touring stage crash with Martin Prokop. “We took a wrong turn after SS12 and went maybe 300 metres before we turned around. On the way back we collided with Martin who had made the same mistake. These things happen. We’re lucky that for us it’s just cosmetic damage. Unfortunately for Martin, he had to park up. We’ll make the repairs now and hope for a better run. I love the dark and I’m looking forward to it.”