Pad­don glad to fin­ish af­ter crash re­turn

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Hay­den Pad­don ad­mit­ted he was relieved to get his first event back since a spec­ta­tor fa­tal­ity at last month’s Monte Carlo Rally out of the way in Swe­den last week.

Pad­don ad­mit­ted he was still strug­gling with what he’d been through at the sea­son opener.

He told MN: “Men­tally it’s been a lot bet­ter since Fri­day af­ter­noon. We had lots of things that didn’t go our way on Satur­day, but from a men­tal per­spec­tive I feel a lot more re­laxed and more nor­mal now and that’s what we need now go­ing for­ward for the rest of the year.”

Pad­don had strug­gled on Fri­day but a set-up change yielded fron­trun­ning pace. But on Satur­day he suf­fered pow­er­steer­ing fail­ure which he said was “like wrestling a 400 pound lion” and ad­mit­ted he was strug­gling with the trans­mis­sion set-up.

He brought the car home in sev­enth place.

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