19 Nov 2017

Paddon improves two places

6:27 am on 19 November 2017

New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has moved up two places into fifth after the second day of racing at the Rally of Australia but remains over a minute behind the leader.

Hayden Paddon at Rally Finland 2017

Hayden Paddon. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Paddon started the day in seventh place, 38 seconds behind his Hyundai teammate Andreas Mikkelson, who lead after the opening day.

The Geraldine driver managed to avoid any major issues on an incident-prone day.

Mikkelson surrendered his lead when he was forced to retire due to a crash that punctured two of his tyres.

Saturday's second running of the Newry stage was cancelled due to a damaged bridge, believed to have been caused by one of the cars earlier in the day.

Fellow Hyundai driver Thiery Neuville seized control of the day following Mikkelson's mistake and holds a 20 second lead over Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala.

Paddon is one minute and twenty one seconds behind Neuville with around 65km of racing remaining on Sunday.

Sebastien Ogier assured of claiming his fifth world title regardless of the outcome.