13 Feb 2012

Paddon 4th in his class in Sweden

7:27 am on 13 February 2012

The New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon has finished 4th in the Super 2000 class of the Rally of Sweden.

Paddon never recovered from a crash on the first day.

The Skoda driver was 23rd overall in the rally which was won by the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala in a Ford.

Eight-times world champion Sebastien Loeb was 6th but retains his overall lead in the WRC.

Paddon says he's looking forward to getting onto his favoured gravel surface for the next event in Portugal.