New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon has finished sixth at the WRC's Rally of France in Corsica.
It was the second-straight race on tarmac for the drivers and Paddon was targeting a top-five finish heading into the race, despite the gravel courses being his strength.
Paddon said he felt more comfortable on tarmac compared to past races but two punctures on the first day halted his progress, and a demoralising day two saw him lose 30 seconds a stage.
He said on the final day of racing he decided to just go back to basics and drive like he normally would on gravel which, despite being inefficient in places, meant he did see some improvements.
His sixth placing means he drops from third to fourth in the overall Championship standings, with the Rally of Spain getting underway in less than two weeks on October 13.