17 Sep 2012

Paddon takes seventh in Wales to retain title hopes

6:01 am on 17 September 2012

The New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon and his navigator John Kennard finished seventh in their Super 2000 World Rally Championship category at Wales Rally GB.

Opening day technical issues scuppered their chances but the pair added another four stage wins from six starts on the final day to stay second in the championship, now tied with Craig Breen who won the class.

Paddon's pleased to also only lose two points to the championship leader, PG Anderson, whose lead is now only eight points.

Paddon won four of the seven second-day stages after having to retire partway through the first day with electrical and gearbox issues.

The Super 2000 class has two rounds to go in France and Spain in October and November respectively.