OMV Peugeot's Manfred Stohl believes that their successful pre-event test in the build-up to the Rallye Deutschland this weekend was crucial in ensuring he got a good result.

Stohl eventually finished the event in fifth place on Sunday, his best result to date in Germany, after technical issues hampered his three previous outings.

The Austrian managed to set top ten stages pretty much through-out the three-day affair and was on target to score points right from the off. The result moves him up to fourth in the drivers' standings, three points ahead of Mikko Hirvonen.

"I'm very happy, that we were able to deliver a good performance in Germany this year," he said at the finish. "The OMV ADAC Rallye is a very difficult competition you are forced to constantly test your limits. The line between success and defeat is very thin. Our successful tests in the run-up were crucial. My Peugeot 307 WRC was perfectly prepared for this rally by Bozian Racing."

Stohl's attention now shifts to the Rally Finland though, where the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT will revert to a two-car line-up, with Henning Solberg rejoining the fold. As such the squad will also be entitled to score manufacturers' points: "I'm looking forward to the many jumps in Finland now next weekend. You can't compare this to any other rally. Of course, the Scandinavians are the favourites there. But I will give my best to score once again," added the 34-year-old Austrian.

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