Paddon fifth fastest on two WRC Rally Australia stages today
Kiwi rally star Hayden Paddon has maintained fifth placing through the opening three Sunday stages of WRC Rally Australia earlier today.
Paddon was the fifth fastest driver in the opening Bucca Long stage, the fourth in the live televised Wedding Bells stage and fifth again on the short Settles Rd stage as rally completed a compact loop just north of Coffs Harbour.
Ahead of the Kiwi Hyundai driver the leader board has shuffled again with the Volkswagen drivers setting the morning pace.
France's Sebastien Ogier is driving his Volkswagen towards a third consecutive world rally title in the WRC Rally Australia. Picture/Greg Henderson Photography.
Sebastien Ogier (France) is driving toward his third consecutive world title in style by winning all three stages.
His Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) has moved into second place, now 7.3secs behind Ogier but 12.3secs ahead of Citroen’s Kris Meeke (Northern Ireland) who held second position overnight.
Meeke is being chased down by the third Volkswagen of Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen who is now just 4.2secs behind the Citroen driver.
Paddon is 42.2secs behind Ogier and trails Mikkelsen by 18.4secs while extending his margin over Ford driver Ott Tanak (Estonia) in sixth place to 29.9secs.
Two stages remain early afternoon (NZ time) before the finish ceremony in Coffs Harbour at 5pm (NZ time).