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Paddon crashes, spectator involved in Monte Carlo

Publish Date
Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:01AM
Hayden Paddon during WRC Great Britain. Photo / Getty Image

Hayden Paddon during WRC Great Britain. Photo / Getty Image

Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon has crashed during the opening stage of the Monte Carlo rally and a spectator has been hit by his car.

The Hyundai driver lost control on some ice and slid off the road and into a bank where someone was standing.

Live footage showed the spectator tumble down the bank and other spectators rush to check on his condition.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard were not injured in the incident.

The stage was cancelled by rally organisers.

A second stage was scheduled for this morning's first day of the season-opening event.

It is the worst possible start to the new season for the World Rally Championship, which ushered in a new spec of cars and welcomed Citroen and Toyota back into the championship this year.

Four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier and Paddon's Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville had already completed the stage when Paddon had his accident.

 - NZ Herald