Kiwi Hayden Paddon has been airlifted to hospital after crashing into a ditch at the Rally Portugal on Saturday (NZ time).
The 31-year-old suffered back pain following an accident and was taken to hospital in Porto as a precaution. His co-driver Seb Marshall is uninjured.
“In a right corner, Hayden tried to avoid a stone on the inside,” Hyundai team manager Alain Penasse told Autosport.
“He went to the outside of the corner and went to the ditch. The ditch was ending and the car hit the end of the ditch with a strong impact on Hayden’s side.
“They both came out of the car themselves, then Hayden started to have some lower back pain, so they decided to ask for a doctor.
“The ambulance came [into the stage], it took them back to the start and Hayden was airlifted to the hospital in Porto where they are doing a check-up.”