Steve Perez said he felt it was a 'major achievement' to make it to the end of Wales Rally GB after the Kick Energy-backed driver finished 19th in the final round of the World Rally Championship.
At the wheel of his Ford Focus WRC 05, Perez went into the final day of the event keen to climb from 21st place into the top 20, but suffered oil pressure problems during the morning stages which forced him to back off, although he was still able to move up to 19th place before the return to service.
With repairs made, Perez went into the penultimate stage - Rheola 2 - hoping to charge further up the leaderboard but a puncture and a hefty collision with a bank saw him drop back to 20th
However, Perez pulled out all the stops in the final 20km Port Talbot 2 stage to set 20th fastest time and in doing so, climbed up to 19th place overall after the tough three day event.
"To just get to the finish is a major achievement given this is one of the toughest rallies I have ever done,” he said. “The ice, snow and fog made the going treacherous so I'm doubly delighted to achieve a top twenty finish on a World Championship event with very few top name retirements.
“The problems today really cost us a place and 18th would have been fantastic but I'm pleased with 19th which is what we set out for. The car has been sideways more than it's been facing forward on this rally!"