30 Jul 2018

Paddon fourth in Finland

7:41 am on 30 July 2018

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon has missed out on a podium finish at the Rally of Finland, finishing fourth in the WRC event.

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon Photo: © Marcin Rybak: Rallyart Photo 2018

The Hyundai driver was over a minute and a half behind winner - Toyota's Ott Tanak.

Citroen driver Mads Ostberg finished second while Jari-Matti Latvala finished a minute ahead of Paddon.

Paddon was the best of Hyundai's drivers and is the best result 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 in August.