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Paddon fourth in Rally of Great Britain

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/10/2016

Hayden Paddon is targeting a top-three finish in the World Rally Championship after placing fourth at a boggy Rally of Great Britain in Wales.

New Zealander Paddon never found his rhythm in the mud and poor visibility on offer in northern Wales but still produced a solid outing in the championship's penultimate round.

In six closing stages on Sunday he and co-driver John Kennard placed from third to eighth, finishing 20 seconds behind third-placed Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville of Belgium.

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, who has already clinched a fourth world crown, was nearly two minutes ahead of Paddon in his Volkswagen.

It left the Geraldine driver itching to finish strongly in the 13th and final round in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales from November 18.

"As much as we tried this weekend the conditions did not suit my natural driving style and this is something I have to adapt better to in the future," Paddon wrote on his Facebook page.

"On the plus side we are now in the fight for third in the championship and have a good road position for Rally Oz."

Neuville has powered past Volkswagen driver Andreas Mikkelsen into second overall in the standings, with Paddon having closed to within three points of the out-of-form Norwegian in fourth.

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