2 Apr 2012

Paddon wins SWRC class in Portugal

12:37 pm on 2 April 2012

The Geraldine rally driver Haydon Paddon has staged a remarkable come-from-behind maiden victory in the Super 2000 class at the Rally of Portugal.

Paddon had seemingly dropped out of contention on the second day after an electrical fault in his Skoda, but he powered back to take maximum points after the leader Yazeed Al Rajhi of Saudi Arabia was forced to retire with a broken cross member.

Paddon says on his Facebook page that it was great to win but it wasn't how he wanted to win.

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen won the top class to take the lead in the World Rally Championship - but then he was stripped of his victory after stewards declared that the clutch on his Citroen broke technical regulations.

Second-place getter Mads Ostberg of Norway's been installed as the winner.