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Italy WRC: Paddon maintains small lead, Neuville hits trouble

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Italy WRC: Paddon maintains small lead, Neuville hits trouble
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Jun 10, 2017, 8:32 AM

Hayden Paddon continued to lead Rally Italy by less than 10 seconds on Saturday morning with Ott Tanak taking over as the main challenger after Thierry Neuville hit trouble.

Hayden Paddon, Sebastian Marshall, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Hayden Paddon, Sebastian Marshall, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport
Ott Tänak, M-Sport, Ford Fiesta WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Racing
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

The order throughout the morning leg remained relatively unchanged, with Paddon and Neuville taking turns in topping SS10 and SS11, beating one another by around four seconds.

But the Belgian, Paddon’s Hyundai teammate, had no brakes from the start of the Monte Lerno SS12 stage and fell to fourth, ending the morning 1m10.7s behind.

M-Sport’s Tanak was promoted to second and duly went quickest on the last stage of the morning to be 9.4s adrift Paddon, who struggled with his tyres.

Toyota man Jari-Matti Latvala lies third, but demanded that the organisers award him some time back after he was caught in the dust of the privateer Ford of Mads Ostberg, who'd slowed with a puncture.

Latvala dropped nine seconds to Tanak and sits 13.8s behind the Estonian in the order.

Behind Neuville in fourth, Juho Hanninen was also promoted on the last stage of the morning to fifth as championship leader Sebastien Ogier collected a puncture, having overtaken Hanninen on the previous stage.

Ogier fell to seventh, with Hanninen’s Toyota teammate Esapekka Lappi also moving ahead of the four-time champion and into sixth.

Ostberg lies eighth after his puncture, while WRC returnee Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroen), one spot behind, also suffered a puncture on that same Monte Lerno stage which rounded out the morning.

Standings after SS12

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 NZL Hayden Paddon Hyundai  2h14m10.1s
2 EST Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford +9.4
3 FIN Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota +23.2
4 BEL Thierry Neuville Hyundai +1m10.7
5 FIN Juho Hanninen Toyota +1m30.7
6 FIN Esapekka Lappi Toyota +1m55.5
7 FRA Sebastien Ogier M-Sport Ford +3m09.1
8 NOR Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +3m21.4
9 NOR Andreas Mikkelsen Citroen +5m50.2
10 FRA Eric Camilli Ford R5 +7m01.1
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Series WRC
Event Rally Italy
Drivers Hayden Paddon
Teams Hyundai Motorsport
Author Jack Benyon