Paddon makes poor start to Rally Germany
Geraldine driver plagued by car troublesJACOB PAGE
Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has made a poor start to Rally Germany overnight (NZ time).
The Geraldine-based 26-year-old is sixth, 1min42.9sec behind WRC2 leader Robert Kubica after the opening day, following car troubles which plagued him on both stages.
Just two kilometres in to the opening 23km stage, he and co-driver John Kennard lost their power steering and then had to deal with battery voltage warning lights for the rest of the stage.
Because of the troubles they lost 1min40sec on the stage and finished a disappointing ninth.
''It become apparent that the alternator/power steer belt had broke and we had to nurse the car through the stage, Paddon said on his website. ''I tell you what, driving a modern day rally car with no power steering is not like the cars of old that also had no power steering, it felt like trying to bench press 100kg."
With a new belt fitted, stage two went smoother.
''We were able to set third fastest time and climb back to sixth.
''Tonight (NZ time) is a long day of rallying and we plan to push hard to make up for lost time. It is still early stages and we are feeling positive - especially considering we lost more time in Finland and still managed third.''
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier holds a 5.7sec lead in the rally proper after day one. Kubica was fastest on both stages to open a 14.9 second lead in the WRC2.
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