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Frustrated Paddon sixth at Rally of France

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017
Hayden Paddon © Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Hayden Paddon

Hayden Paddon won't dwell on a disappointing start to the World Rally Championship after a middling performance left him sixth at the gruelling event in Corsica.

Kiwi driver Paddon improved one place to eighth overall in the WRC standings following a frustrating three days at the Rally of France.

There was no change on the final day after Paddon and his Hyundai co-driver John Kennard were sixth fastest through the marathon 53km ninth stage. They were 17th in the short 10th and final leg.

Paddon finished more than two minutes behind winner and team-mate Thierry Neuville of Belgium, who the Kiwi concedes has superior experience and consistency on asphalt surfaces and the steep, twisting roads of Corsica.

Four-time WRC defending champion Sebastien Ogier of France was second, followed by another Hyundai driver, Dani Sordo.

While delighted with his team's performance, Paddon is demanding more from himself, starting at Rally Argentina later this month, where he is the defending champion.

He welcomes a run of gravel-based events after a stuttering start through the first four rounds.

"I set my expectations high and the start of this season has fallen well short," he said.

"However we now go into five rallies that we enjoy and suit us and we will never give up."

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