Paddon 'really happy' with fourth in Finland

Hayden Paddon. Photo: Getty Images
Hayden Paddon. Photo: Getty Images

New Zealander Hayden Paddon missed out on a podium finish at the Rally of Finland yesterday, finishing fourth in the WRC event.

The Hyundai driver was more than 1min 30sec behind winner Toyota driver Ott Tanak.

Citroen driver Mads Ostberg finished second while Jari-Matti Latvala finished 1min ahead of Paddon.

Paddon was the best of Hyundai's drivers and it was the best result at the rally for a non-European in 10 years.

"On the whole, I'm really happy with the weekend. 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 said.

Paddon's next rally is the new Rally Turkey in September, while the next WRC round is Germany next month. 


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