Hyundai boss Michel Nandan says the team should be pleased with what it has achieved this year, even if it did miss out on second place in the Manufacturers'.

Hyundai went into the season finale in Wales last weekend locked in a close fight for the runners-up spot, but was unable to overhaul Citroen, eventually finishing six points adrift, after its nominated drivers Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon finished fourth and fifth in their i20 WRCs.

"That was definitely an eventful rally and one which epitomises the challenge, excitement and unpredictability that the WRC offers fans around the world," Nandan said.

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"Wales Rally GB is always tough and this weekend has reminded us just how challenging it can be. So, to finish in fourth and fifth is a highly commendable result.

"It wasn't enough to overhaul Citroen in the classification but we did our best and fought until the end."

Nandan also pointed out just how far Hyundai has come since making its return in 2014: "For our second season in WRC against more experienced rivals, I think we can be pleased with what we have achieved. We have scored four podiums in three rallies and have finished in the top-five in all but one event. For me, this shows an improvement in our performance level and consistency," he added.

"We have [also] taken more stage wins this season and competed closer to the front-runners, while also approaching each rally with more self-belief and aggression.

"I'd like to thank the entire team and our drivers for their efforts throughout the season, and to all the Hyundai supporters around the world.

"The countdown to the 2016 season starts now!"

For the record, Hyundai's other two drivers, Thierry Neuville and Kevin Abbring both failed to finish, with technical problems sidelining the latter on Friday, while the former - after also retiring on Friday when he lost a wheel - rolled it on Saturday in SS11.