Paddon finishes fourth in Finland

Hayden Paddon during his fourth-placed finish at Rally Finland. Photo: Getty Images
Hayden Paddon during his fourth-placed finish at Rally Finland. Photo: Getty Images
Kiwi Hayden Paddon has secured a fourth place finish at Rally Finland as Estonia Ott Tanak claimed victory in the Toyota.

Mads Ostberg rewarded Citroen's faith in the Norwegian to pick up second place while local driver Jari-Matti Latvala completed the podium.

Paddon started the day as the leading factory Hyundai driver in fifth but picked up a spot when the Toyota of Esapekka Lappi crashed on the final day.

He recorded 16 top five stage times and was the best of the non-Scandinavians in the field.

"On the whole, I'm really happy with the weekend," he said. "We have been able to keep pace with some of the event favourites, maintaining a consistent performance.

"Naturally, we would have preferred to score a podium, of course, but we took a measured approach to secure important points for the manufacturers' championship. The final morning was all about taking it easy to bring the car home with a comfortable gap behind us.

"I've really enjoyed the stages this weekend, the car has been a joy to drive and it has given me the confidence I need. We are back on the right track."

Paddon is off-contract at the season's end and another strong result will help his case of trying to earn a drive for 2019.

Teammate and championship leader Thierry Neuville finished ninth and lost a little ground to five-time reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier, who finished fifth.

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