Citroen number two driver Daniel Sordo moved up to third in the drivers' championship following his convincing runners-up spot on the Rallye Deutschland last weekend.

Although Sordo slipped to third behind BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Mikko Hirvonen at the end of the opening day, he re-took P2 immediately on Saturday morning and then proceeded to build a comfortable cushion.

In the end the Spaniard set 14 top-three stages times, finishing 47.7 seconds off his team-mate and event winner Sebastien Loeb and 32.3 seconds up on Francois Duval, who was third.

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Speaking at the finish, Sordo was delighted with his form and the fact he didn't make a single mistake. His result - in combination with Loeb's win - also gave Citroen the maximum 18-point haul, moving the team ahead of Ford in the manufacturers' standings.

"I am very pleased to have finished second. The Rallye Deutschland isn't my favourite asphalt event because its format doesn't let you settle into a real rhythm, but it was very nice to be back on sealed surface stages," said Dani.

"We were a bit unsure about our set-up to begin with but the work of the Citroen technical team gave us a perfect car for Saturday morning. From that moment on, we were able to up our pace and I had tremendous fun driving and running in second position.

"Our result gives Citroen a one-two finish and our overall points haul takes us to the top of the Manufacturers' standings, so that's clearly a result! I've moved up one place in the Drivers' points table, too, and we must now knuckle down to try to repeat the same sort of performance."

As for if he can take that first win this year, Sordo's co-driver Marc Marti insisted that there is nobody saying they must achieve that in 2008.

"We don't need to stress, Dani is 25 years old. We are learning a lot this year and we are doing a good job for the team. Okay, we want to win, but there is no pressure," Marti emphasised.