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Paddon rally mistakes costly in Italy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/06/2017
Hayden Paddon of New Zealand during the press conference of the WRC Portugal on May 19, 2016 in Porto, Portugal © Getty Hayden Paddon of New Zealand during the press conference of the WRC Portugal on May 19, 2016 in Porto, Portugal

Hayden Paddon's emotional weekend has continued as the he endured a second crash in two days at the Rally Italia Sardegna.

The Kiwi driving ace had earlier on Saturday cost himself the lead in the World Rally Championship event when he shattered his car's suspension in an innocuous crash on the 13th stage.

After labelling it an amateur mistake, Paddon and Brit co-driver Sebastian Marshall got back to business on Sunday by taking that day's opening stage.

However, the race again went awry for the pair after Paddon clipped a wall and went wide on a right hander in similar circumstances to the day before.

The crash sent his Hyundai onto two wheels before it slammed heavily into a stone wall, leaving the Kiwi to apologise to his team for the second time in the event.

"In the penultimate stage, we had another very strange incident on a nothing corner, where like yesterday I clipped the inside, which sent us wide," he said.

"I don't know why this is happening. I am incredibly disappointed in myself and for the team. I want to learn from this but at the same time put it behind us and look ahead to Poland."

Estonian Ott Tanak claimed overall victory in the Italian round and now sits third in the drivers' standings behind Sebastian Ogier.

Paddon is eighth on the drivers' standings heading into round 8 in Poland on June 29.

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