SS1: Stage cancelled

The first stage of the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo has been cancelled after Hayden Paddon rolled his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC and blocked the road.

The Kiwi driver went off on a left-hand bend close to the end of the 21.25km Entrevaux - Ubraye test.

With the car blocking the asphalt road, the stage was initially stopped by the rally organisers, before then being red flagged. The Hyundai team confirmed that Paddon and co-driver John Kennard were uninjured.

Rally organisers have issued a statement confirming that emergency services were called to assist a spectator.

‘‘SS 1 has been cancelled due to the crash of Paddon and Kennard. The crew is unharmed. A spectator passed out. The emergency services have been called to rescue him," it read.

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