Hyundai Motorsport’s Hayden Paddon was delighted with his second-place finish on Kennards Hire Rally Australia.
Paddon finished runner up behind Jari-Matti Latvala in Australia to claim his best result in the FIA World Rally Championship since Rally Poland last season, with the New Zelend driver taking his second podium result of the year.
He said on his weekend: “A great weekend for us! I’m really pleased to be back on the podium and to take our best result of the season. This feels like a proper podium. I felt the last few we’ve benefitted from others’ misfortune but we’ve definitely earned this one. Each year we’ve been getting one place better in Australia, so I must be on to win it next year!”
“We’ve made good strategy calls all weekend and I’ve felt comfortable in the car. Thanks to the team and to the travelling Kiwi fans who have come out in their droves to support us. It makes all the difference. We have to see what happens next season but I hope this result helps our cause.”
In 2018 Paddon contested a part-time campaign driving the third i20 WRC alongside Spaniard Dani Sordo.