Hayden Paddon says claiming the leading Hyundai role at the Tour de Corse came as 'a nice surprise' and has been filled with confidence to charge into the closing rounds of the 2015 World Rally Championship.

The New Zealand driver mastered another impressive drive for Hyundai Motorsport to claim a second consecutive fifth place finish in WRC, to leapfrog Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo in the standings' into eighth. Paddon recovered from a tricky opening to the event in Corsica to climb up the order into fifth.

"I'm really happy with how the weekend's progressed," Paddon said. "Having been 15th after the first stage, we would never have thought that we'd get into the top five come the end of the rally. It's been very tough. Obviously some very trying conditions early on, and then it's been slowly improving for the rest of the rally.

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"To be the leading Hyundai here is a nice surprise but the most important thing is the progress we're showing on tarmac. We've been able to put the driving techniques I learnt before this event into practice and we can see the benefits of that.

"We've been able to show some good progress from where we were in Germany. From this we can take a lot of positive signs."