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Tanak moves into lead as Paddon crashes out

12 Juin 2017

New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon is leading Rally Italia Sardengna after the first day of action.

He had gearbox issues on Friday morning, losing second gear, which cost him time, before winning his first stage of the weekend on the final stage of the loop despite the problems.

"In the penultimate stage, we had another very unusual incident on a nothing corner, where like yesterday I clipped the inside, which sent us wide", he said. Today's stages were very tight and technical and maybe didn't suit us, but we had a plan which was to keep it clean and tidy today.

"It was a hard weekend but the first half of this season has been great", Tanak told the wrc.com website.

"I turned in too early and clipped a bank on the inside".

Paddon's muted campaign started with withdrawing from Rally Monte Carlo after hitting a spectator on the opening stage of the season.

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"What has happened has happened - it's important I learn from this and put things right at the next event".

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.

"After Saturday's misfortune, we wanted to use today to get back into a rhythm".

"There is no one to blame but myself, and I am hugely sorry for the team and all of our supporters".

Coming into the final day with a modest but manageable 25secs lead over Jari-Matti Latvala, Tanak proceeded to consolidate his advantage over the final four stages to complete the event 12secs ahead of the Toyota driver.

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

Tanak moves into lead as Paddon crashes out