16 Nov 2015

Paddon finishes season on a high

9:53 am on 16 November 2015

The Geraldine rally driver Hayden Paddon has finished 5th in the Rally GB Wales, the final round of the WRC.

The Hyundai driver was three minutes behind the rally and championship winner Sebastien Ogier of France in a Volkswagen.

Hayden Paddon tries to control his Hyundai on a corner at the Wales Rally

Hayden Paddon tries to control his Hyundai on a corner at the Wales Rally Photo: World-Vettas Media LR

Paddon finishes 9th in the drivers championship.

It was Ogier's eighth victory of the season.

The Frenchman beat Citroen's Northern Irish driver Kris Meeke by 26 seconds on a wet afternoon in South Wales. Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen was third in a Volkswagen.

"Victory here is the best way to finish the season but there is no point to celebrate anything today. We have other things on our mind. It has been a difficult weekend," said Ogier, referring to the Paris attacks that killed 129 people.

He displayed a French flag on his car's windscreen afterwards.

Ogier had already won his third consecutive title in Australia in September while Volkswagen have retained their manufacturers' crown.

Paddon says a top five position is what they wanted heading into the rally.

Paddon said "all in all it's been an amazing year, to finish half of the rallies in the top five is much more than we ever expected."

"We're also learning and always trying to improve, trying to learn and with a new car next year the expectation is that we will be challenging for rally wins."

"An amazing season, really looking forward to 2016 and we have a really busy winter ahead with testing and fine tuning their systems so they can come out firing next season.