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Paddon drifts off pace in Corsica

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/10/2016

Hayden Paddon remains sixth but has drifted further off the pace on the second day of Rally of France in Corsica.

Paddon was eighth, seventh, sixth and eighth in a similar output to his first-day efforts on the twisting tarmac rally.

He and co-driver John Kennard lost more than a minute to French leader Sebastien Ogier, who sits nearly 3min clear of the Kiwi.

Paddon's Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville is second, 46sec behind Ogier, who is on the cusp of winning a fourth World Rally Championship crown.

Paddon was third overall coming into the 11th leg of the 14-round WRC and is frustrated to have struggled this week on unfamiliar roads.

"A tough day - but not from lack of trying," he tweeted.

Paddon and Kennard were fifth last year on the tarmac-based rally on the island of Corsica.

The rally finishes with two stages on Sunday including a 53.8km, the longest of the three-day event.

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