Hayden Paddon has overcome a late scare to secure the second podium of his World Rally Championship career.
The Kiwi driver has finished second behind world champion Sebastien Ogier in Rally Sweden after managing to nurse his Hyundai back to the service park on the final day.
Paddon hit a wooden post on the final stage and damaged his radiator, but managed to carry out repairs with his co-driver John Kennard and complete the rally.
Sebastien Ogier of France in the air in his VW Polo WRC outside Hagfors Sweden, during Rally Sweden, on Sunday. Picture/AP.
Paddon is now fourth equal in the drivers' championship.
They are the first non-Europeans to appear on the podium at the Swedish rally.
The Frenchman Ogier led the three-day snow and ice rally from start to finish, in a Volkswagen Polo, to win by 29.8 seconds, adding to his triumph in the past two Swedish WRC events.
Norwegian Mads Ostberg was third in a Ford Fiesta RS, 25.8 seconds behind Paddon.
- Radio Sport
KARLSTAD, Sweden (AP) — Results Sunday of the Rally Sweden, the 2nd event of the 2016 World Rally Championship:
1. Sebastien Ogier, France.
2. Hayden Paddon, New Zealand.
3. Mads Ostberg, Norway.
4. Andreas Mikkelsen, Norway.
5. Ott Tanak, Estonia.
6. Dani Sordo, Spain.
7. Henning Solberg, Norway.
8. Craig Breen, Ireland.
9. Elfyn Evans, Wales.
10. Teemu Suninen, Finland.
World Drivers Standings(After 2 of 14 events)
1. Sebastien Ogier, France, 56 points.
2. Andreas Mikkelsen, Norway, 33.
3, Mads Ostberg, Norway, 27.
4, Hayden Paddon, New Zealand, 18.
5. Dani Sordo, Spain, 18.
6. Ott Tanak, Estonia, 16.
7. Thierry Neuville, Belgium, 15.
8. Stephane Lefebvre, France, 10.
9. Henning Solberg, Norway, 6.
10. Elfyn Evans, Wales, 6.