Hayden Paddon sits fourth in Rally Sweden

The Kiwi will contest three stages on the final day as he pushes for a podium finish.
The Kiwi will contest three stages on the final day as he pushes for a podium finish. Photo credit: Getty Images

New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon remains in the mix for a podium finish on the penultimate day in Rally Sweden.

In his first WRC event of the season, the Kiwi along with co-driver Seb Marshall started the day in third, but they ended up slipping one place to sit fourth.

There are three more stages to be completed on Monday morning (NZ time) and Paddon is 48.6 seconds behind race leader and fellow Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville.

"Not quite the day we wanted, but still enjoying and doing the best we can," Paddon said after day two.

"Unfortunately lost a little time on the last stage stuck in a snow bank, but still in a good position to push on tomorrow.

"We're looking forward to tomorrow to see if we can make some improvements." 

World champion Sebastien Ogier is 10th and the best part of four-and-a-half minutes behind the leader.

Rally Sweden is one of only seven the 30-year-old is competing in this season, after finishing last season in eighth place.

He won't be back out competing in the WRC until May when the rally heads to Portugal. He will also race in Italy (June), Finland (July), Turkey (September), Great Britain (October) and Australia (November).

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