New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon has been ruled out his one off World Rally Championship return with M-Sport.

Paddon was due to compete in the event alongside Elfyn Evans and Gus Greensmith.

Paddon rolled his Fiesta WRC during a shakedown test on Monday and speaking following the accident he said:

 Unfortunately our test that started so well today didn’t end as well. The Fiesta WRC car was feeling great and pleasantly surprised how quickly we were able to get to grips with it. However a rock in the middle of a 6th gear corner lifted the front of the car off line…and the rest is history at that speed on a narrow section of stage. John and I are both ok and thank you for everyone’s messages. Incredibly sorry for the team and everyone back home in NZ who made this event possible. With the damage we will be unable to start the event. Where to next…..who knows. But it’s great to have the support of @MSportLtd at present. Motor sport can be cruel, but it is these highs and lows that makes us stronger and keeps bringing us back – fans and competitors alike. Best of luck to everyone competing this weekend.

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