Saturday 4 July 2015

Rally - Hyundai duel


Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville continued to battle it out on today's second day of Rally Poland, finishing just 20 seconds apart in their respective Hyundai i20 WRC machines.

Paddon said: “We started off strongly this morning with two good stages but the two leading up to lunchtime service didn’t feel so good. The rhythm was missing and we lost some grip, which wasn’t ideal. I had a bit of a mental reset over lunchtime and the first stage of the afternoon went really well. The car felt good, the driving was clean and the time was decent. The penultimate stage of the day was tougher. We ran two hard tyres on the front and I nearly came off the road a few times as a result of some understeer at the beginning. Despite that, there are lots of positives to take from today and we now aim to defend our fifth place tomorrow.”

Neuville commented: “We used the morning stages to manage ourselves a bit, checking the pace notes and just making sure we kept Robert (Kubica) behind. We had no real dramas. After lunchtime service, we knew that tyre choice would be important with the increasing temperatures and the improving grip levels. SS14 was cancelled but with the soft tyres in SS15 things worked well and we were pleased with the time. Unfortunately, the next stage was not as easy, the car was moving around a lot and we couldn’t do more. However, we are in the top six, which is good for the Championship.”

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