Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon has tasted success on the second
day of the Rally de Espana's Super 2000 World Rally
On day two of the World Rally Championship event the leg used
tarmac roads north-west of Spanish city Salou and included
the massive double-run 45.97km El Priorat stage - a stark
contrast to the mud and wet that led to Paddon's day one
Instead, Geraldine's Paddon and Blenheim based co-driver John
Kennard triumphed over their fellow SWRC competitors in their
Skoda Fabia S2000, accumulating a significant leading margin
of 108 seconds over second-placed Per-Gunnar Andersson for
"After yesterday's disappointment, it was hard to get back
into the groove having dropped down the leaderboard. But once
we started the first stage the pleasure of driving took over
and I really enjoyed the day," said Paddon.
"I know there are places where we can go faster and commit
more to the pace notes, but this will come with time."
The midday service saw Paddon learn more from the few small
changes made to the car's set-up, lessons he believes will be
useful for tomorrow's final day.
"Rain is expected in the morning, which will make conditions
trickier, but we have a good wet set-up which will work well
if, or when, the rain arrives."
Optimistic about the final day's conditions, the last day of
the 2012 season, Paddon and Kennard will leave Salou just
after 7am for the remaining 93.94km, before returning for the
ceremonial finish at 3pm.
Overall, Irishman Craig Breen still leads the SWRC category,
second is Swede PG Andersson, three minutes behind, with
Paddon placed fifth.