Hayden Paddon says it is "pleasing" to be the lead Hyundai at the finish of Rally Poland.

Paddon looked set for fifth, almost 30 seconds up on team-mate Thierry Neuville, but when Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala hit trouble in the final test, the New Zealander found himself bumped up to fourth.

It was his second consecutive top-four finish, and a good result to compliment the maiden podium he took last time out on Rally Italia Sardegna.

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"It's been a pretty good weekend for us overall and I'm pleased we have been able to secure another strong finish," he said. "To come away with a top five result is very pleasing to follow on from what we did in Sardinia, and while I'm sorry for Jari-Matti, to finish fourth was exactly what we wanted. To be the first Hyundai at the finish is pleasing too."

"It wasn't the most straightforward rally in terms of finding a rhythm and confidence within the car on the fast gravel but we have persevered and can be satisfied," he added.

"Obviously, there's always room for improvement and things we can do to go faster, but considering the new routes on this rally things have gone well. The team has worked hard and a four-car finish is a good result for everyone.

"It confirms that in quite contrasting conditions - Sardinia being the slowest gravel event of the year and Poland being the fastest - that we can be competitive up the front and gives us even more confidence moving forward.

"The level of competition here was very close and, among the WRC cars, there was only one retirement all weekend."

"Okay, there are still things we need to keep working on and keep improving, but we've made good steps in the last 12 months. Our goal was to back up the result in Sardinia by staying calm, driving fast and consistently and making sure we got to the finish. And what's what we did."

Paddon is now hoping to build on his Polish form on Rally Finland next month: "We're really looking forward to Rally Finland now," he continued. "It's a rally that really suits us a lot more.

"I think we can take some good information from this weekend to continue improving and to prepare for Finland where more fast routes await us."