Thierry Neuville has labelled his run to seventh place at Rally Australia as a largely positive following Hyundai's return to the event.

The Rallye Deutschland winner followed home Hayden Paddon, who finished directly ahead of the Neuville in sixth, while Australia's Chris Atkinson also joined his team-mates in the points in tenth.

Neuville said having already consolidated his seventh position heading into the final of the event, the Belgian could afford to turn everything down in order to reach the finish and take six important championship points for the i20 WRC machine.

Related Articles

The Belgian, however, said more could have been possible had his i20 not hit a rock in the early stages but still remains happy with the information taken from Australia.

"We've had a pretty good final day," said Neuville. There hasn't been any reason to push hard so we have just tried to enjoy driving and changing some settings in between the stages to find some improvements on the car.

"It has been a valuable rally for the team's first trip to Australia and I think we have learned a lot of things.

"It was a shame that we lost the time on Friday after damaging the suspension when we hit a rock on the fifth stage but other than that, we have shown a decent performance here this weekend."

Neuville's seventh means he now leapfrogs Citro?n's Mads Ostberg to sit fifth in the overall standings.