Paddon pleased with first 2018 podium after his patient approach paid off...

Paddon pleased with first 2018 podium after his patient approach paid off in Turkey

Hayden Paddon, Seb Marshall
photo: Helena El Mokni/ Hyundai Motorsport

Hayden Paddon took the seventh career of his WRC podium – he achieved it in Rally Turkey.

That was the first top 3 classification for Paddon and co-driver Seb Marshall in 2018 as well as best result since Australia 2017

“I am really happy with our first podium of the season. It has been a very tough rally. We have adopted a particular strategy that has required us to hold back and be patient. Thankfully that approach has paid off and we have been rewarded with third place – it’s been a while since we’ve been on the podium! It hasn’t been the rally that the team wanted or deserved. I am fully behind them coming back in the final rounds of the season and I am personally looking forward to Wales Rally GB.”

Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger took three stage wins and on three separate occasions were in lead of Rally Turkey

Their fifth place secured important points for the championship.

“It was very important for us to finish the rally with a safe, clever drive today. We took it easy on [the last day], including the Power Stage, because we needed to secure the points for the manufacturers’ championship. Finishing fifth is not what we wanted, nor what we were capable of. Despite our speed, which we showed by leading the rally on three separate occasions, unfortunately the issues we encountered prevented us from capitalising on our potential. We have lost a lot to Toyota that weekend, so we now look forward to a strong return at the next event in Wales GB”, Mikkelsen explained.

Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul
photo: Helena El Mokni/ Hyundai Motorsport

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul led the rally at end of the first day

They scored four stage wins in total over the rally. With an impressive Power Stage performance the Belgian crew scored five additional drivers’ points.

Neuville commented: “I was absolutely flat-out in the Power Stage and could not have done any more. We really needed those five points. We are fighting for the championship against some very hard guys to beat, so we had to give it everything. In all honesty, I feel we should have taken the win that weekend. We were clearly the fastest, especially on Friday when we were first on the road and leading at the end of the day. Were it not for a small issue on our car, we could have achieved so much more here. I am disappointed, but as a team we win and lose together. We will dust ourselves down and come back strong in the final three rallies.”