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Frustrated Paddon loses ground in Sweden

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/02/2017

Technical problems at Rally Sweden have hampered New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon, who has drifted five minutes off the pace.

Paddon dropped one place to seventh and is more than five minutes off the lead after a frustrating second full day's racing.

His Hyundai's power steering failed through the first three stages, leaving the Kiwi to describe the morning as a "workout at the gym" as struggled among the back-markers.

Paddon was ninth, ninth and seventh in the afternoon while one stage - the 12th - was scrapped by race organisers who had concerns about potential high speeds in icy conditions.

Paddon was taking a positive attitude despite his setbacks at a rally he traditionally enjoys.

"A trying day - things have not really clicked, but some new data gathered and we will enjoy the last stages tomorrow."

Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala leads by just 4sec overall in a Toyota from M-Sport riveal Ott Tanak of Estonia.

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