Citroen's Dani Sordo won't be dwelling on his Corsica off when the WRC touches down in Japan next week for the penultimate round in the 2008 World Rally Championship.

Sordo, who was gunning for his fourth podium in succession in France, crashed out in the third stage - something that ended an unbroken run of nine points' finishes, which stretched right back to the Rally Argentina at the end of March.

Despite that disappointment though, the Spaniard insists he isn't looking back and having finished second last year in Japan has every reason to be optimistic.

Indeed he has continued to make a lot of progress on the loose this season and will want to maintain that momentum on an event that will be new to everyone as it now switches to a new locale.

"We have put our off in Corsica behind us. I made a mistake and there's no point in dwelling on it. I prefer to look ahead," confirmed the Citroen #2.

"I only contested the Obihiro-based Rally Japan twice and I'm not against the switch to Sapporo, although I'm not expecting our task to be any easier this time round.

"Once again, tyres promise to play a big role. If the conditions are damp, our Pirelli Softs should go well. If the going is dry, however, we will need to take care with them. It will also be important to take good notes.

"The switch to a new region will level the playing field and I am encouraged by our recent runs on the loose compared with the drivers who are known to be quick on gravel.

"It's now up to me to try to catch them. It won't be simple, but we will try to find a fast but safe pace. If we succeed, we should be able to secure a good result to score the points Citroen needs in the Manufacturers' championship."

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