Despite having suffered two punctures over the weekend which cost them time on both Friday and Saturday, Paddon and Marshall kept pushing to be rewarded with some top-three times over the three days. The pair was the highest-placed Hyundai Shell Mobis crew during a disappointing weekend for the team after team-mates Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville both had to utilise Rally 2 regulations to re-join the event.
Holding ninth overall at the end of Friday Paddon said, “Okay, we knew this rally was always going to be challenging, but today’s been more than a challenge especially with the rain and the mud this afternoon.”
Fine conditions for Saturday’s nine special stages and
running second on the road with a cleaner line boosted Paddon’s confidence,
although the second puncture of the weekend meant he had to stop to change the
tyre, losing nearly two minutes to the frontrunners. The duo wrapped up the day
with two top three stage times and a couple more top five times to hold eighth
Paddon and Marshall finished Sunday’s final four stages with
a trio of top 10 times plus one second-quickest time to secure eighth place.