VIDEO | WRC – Paddon jumps into the lead

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Italy Sardegna | Day 2

Written and Images by – Michael Vettas | Images by – André Lavadinho – @tWorld

Day two of Sardinia is the longest day of the rally and of the championship with teams heading East of Alghero for 213km of competitive stages and 465km of liaison.

The day boasts the Monte Lerno Mikki jump and is famous for all the right reasons getting its name from the legendary man who helped construct the jump many years ago. His well renowned legacy lives on each time a WRC car launches over the crest.

Hayden Paddon continues to hold onto his slim lead over Sebastien Ogier by +8.8sec with Jari-Matti Latvala a further 25.8sec behind Ogier.

Due to a huge attrition rate on Day 1, Ogier did not have to sweep the day’s stages but would start from fifth place. Just as Latvala began to find his rhythm, he landed awkwardly after the first jump of the morning resulting in a stop to fix a punctured tyre.

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With the morning stages out of the way, Paddon continued lead the rally with Ogier holding station in second with Ott Tanka moving into third after Latvala’s punctured tyre with Mads Ostberg in fourth.
After the midday service Latvala’s early misfortune would return after he hit a large rock on the first afternoon stage, breaking a damper and thus losing more time as the stage went on.

Tanak also suffered with suspension issues to push Ostberg into third and Tanak back to fourth.

Sadly Paddon’s reign at the top of the leader board was about to change with a costly mistake on Stage 15 and gearbox issues on Stage 16 which saw him limp 120km back to the service area. Ogier capitalised on the situation taking over the top spot on the leader board and continued to the lead between him and the rest of the field.

At the end of Day 2, Ogier lead the rally by a massive 2m13.6sec with Ostberg in toe by 1min12sec.

The final day of Rally d’Italia is now upon us and the question is, how would Paddon hang on and handle the pressure or will Ogier push even harder to increase his lead?

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