Sebastien Ogier took the victory in the J-WRC category on the Rallye Deutschland last weekend, the fifth round in the 2008 FIA Junior World Rally Championship.
Ogier was in contention for the win throughout and when fellow Citroen C2 S1600 runner Martin Prokop was sidelined with an alternator failure early on day two he was never really threatened.
Indeed in the end the Frenchman set nine fastest J-WRC times from a possible 16 and took the victory by 3 minutes 34.2 seconds, an impressive feat, especially as this was his first World Rally Championship event on asphalt.
"This win is a huge source of satisfaction for both me and my team," reflected the Equipe de France FFSA backed man. "In the absence of my key rivals [Michal Kosciuszko, Jaan Molder and Patrik Sandell – who didn't nominate this round], it was vital for me to take as many points as possible here in order to claim the advantage in the Junior World Rally Championship.
"The rally went well for us, but I would have preferred to have continued our duel with Martin Prokop all the way to the finish.
"At the start of the rally, I saw straight away that I could more or less match his times, so I chose him as my reference point. Luckily I was then able to find the right pace on these very quick stages and maintain it all the way to the end at the Porta Nigra in Trier. I look forward to Catalunya now, it's a new event for me but I'll have to fight and stay in front of my rivals to win the Championship."
Aaron Burkart meanwhile was best of the rest to give Citroen a one-two - just like Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo did in the 'senior' class with the C4 WRC. The German ran strongly from the off in front of his home fans, but admitted that there was nothing he could do about Ogier.
"I couldn't find the right feeling with the car straight away," Burkart explained. "I also made a couple of mistakes on Saturday that cost me time. But luckily I was able to set some quick times towards the end of the rally, and I'm very happy to take second place now.
"I wasn't very pleased with my fourth place last year, but this is a result that I can be proud of. It is my best result in the JWRC.