Citroen's Dani Sordo concentrated on getting his C4 WRC car to the finish on the final day of the Rally Finland, rather than get sucked into a battle for third with the Subaru of Chris Atkinson.
Sordo ran strongly throughout the three-day event, building on his confidence boosting result on the O.K. Auto-Ralli last month, when he won the fifth round in the Finnish Rally Championship, which was based in the Kouvola region to the southeast of Jyväskylä on similar roads to the ninth round in the WRC.
That experience paid dividends for the Spaniard and he was right on the pace from the off, posting eight top-five times from eleven on the first leg and finishing proceedings in fifth, around 10 seconds or so behind Stobart Ford duo Henning Solberg and Gigi Galli.
On the Saturday he moved up into third in SS16 and finished the middle loop 20 seconds up on Chris Atkinson. While he slipped behind the Aussie in the final four tests, he was only one second adrift going into the short final day.
Rather than risk P4 though, he opted to ease off and he paced himself to the finish to try and ensure he took the 5 points for fourth. That result in combination with Sebastien Loeb's win, helped Citroen cut Ford's manufacturers' lead from 9 points to just 3.
"We took it steady this morning with no maximum attack. I looked at the first split and decided to take it easy and go for the points and support Citroen in the manufacturers' championship," he confirmed. "My fourth place is really important here for that.
"I am happy with my performance, but Sebastien and Mikko [Hirvonen] were in a different class. It has been an amazing rally. We spent the last day driving sufficiently quickly to defend our fourth place. I am pleased with how things went this weekend and I didn't make any mistakes.
"I have learnt even more about how to drive on this highly specific event where experience counts for so much. There are still a few areas where I can improve, notably the way I brake. It's nice to be at the finish and it's the first time I've had that pleasure here in a WRC car.
"Our Citroen C4 WRC car was extremely competitive and the points that Citroen Sport has scored promise to be very important as the rest of the season unfolds now."