Paddon glad to finish after crash return
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.