Paddon tops times in Spain shakedown.

Hayden Paddon performs during the FIA World Rally Championship 2015 in Salou, Spain on October 22, 2015

Hayden Paddon performs during the FIA World Rally Championship 2015 in Salou, Spain on October 22, 2015

Hayden Paddon set fastest time in shakedown at RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada​ in Spain on Thursday morning.

22 de Octubre 2015

The Kiwi powered his i20 World Rally Car through the mixed surface 2.94km Salou stage two-tenths of a second quicker than Sébastien Ogier’s Volkswagen Polo R on the first day of the Spanish rally. Robert Kubica was a further tenth back in a Ford Fiesta RS.

“Although the stage wasn’t representative of the rally it was a good chance to check the car was working and, as we’re back on loose surfaces, to make sure the set-up from Australia is working well,” said Paddon, whose new three-year deal with Hyundai was confirmed on Monday.

“We’ll push hard on the gravel tomorrow. We have a good road position so we need to ensure we make the most of that and try to be near the front. When we get to the asphalt we’ll focus on learning as much as we can. We’ll struggle to be as competitive there but we need to start somewhere.”

Ott Tänak was fourth in a Fiesta RS, with Dani Sordo’s i20 and Jari-Matti Latvala’s Polo R completing the top six. Kris Meeke was 15sec off the pace in Citroën’s DS 3 as he focused on scrubbing tyres ahead of tonight’s asphalt street stage in Barcelona. The Ulsterman entertained fans by completing donuts around the mid-stage roundabout where the surface switched from gravel to asphalt.

Teammate Khalid Al Qassimi clipped a chicane but the damage was limited to bodywork only.

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship taking place from October 22 to 25, this rally follows a similar format to last year. An opening leg of gravel and mixed surface roads is succeeded by two days of asphalt action, all in the Tarragona region near the resort and rally base of Salou.

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