Australia WRC: Charging Paddon eats into Mikkelsen's lead

Hyundai's Hayden Paddon was quickest on the first run of the 50km Nambucca stage and jumped from fourth to second in the overall classification, 13.4s behind leader Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Norwegian was 10 seconds slower than Paddon in SS12, even though the latter spent the stage with dust inside his car.

"Right from the first corner we had dust billowing into the car. I was distracted in a few places but I just tried to forget about it," said Paddon.

"I thought maybe the rear door was open, but perhaps it's a hole somewhere under the car."

Paddon covered the holes in his car for SS13, topped by Jari-Matti Latvala, but was just a tenth ahead of Mikkelsen.

Sebastien Ogier dropped behind Paddon to sit third overall, shadowing the Hyundai driver by three seconds with Thierry Neuville a further 23s down.

Mads Ostberg continued to hold fifth while his M-Sport teammate Eric Camilli dropped behind Dani Sordo.

Standings after SS13:


Andreas Mikkelsen

Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen Polo R 1h34m51.6s

Hayden Paddon 
John Kennard 

Hyundai NG i20 +13.4s

Sébastien Ogier

Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen Polo R +16.6s

Thierry Neuville

Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai NG i20 +39.6s
5 Mads Ostberg
 Ola Fløene
Ford Fiesta RS +46.7s

Dani Sordo
Marc Marti

Hyundai NG i20 +1m00.9s

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas 

Ford Fiesta RS +1m05.0s
8 Ott Tanak 
Raigo Molder 
Ford Fiesta RS +1m37.3s

 Lorenzo Bertelli

 Simone Scattolin

Ford Fiesta RS +3m38.4s

 Esapekka Lappi

 Janne Ferm

Skoda Fabia R5 +4m05.6s

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Series WRC
Event Rally Australia
Drivers Andreas Mikkelsen , Hayden Paddon
Teams Hyundai Motorsport
Article type Stage report