Citroen's Dani Sordo wants to break his duck this year and notch up a win at the top level for the very first time.

Sordo will get his first chance to go for 'gold' this coming weekend on the Rally Ireland, the opening round in the 2009 World Rally Championship, and the Spaniard, who almost always excels on tarmac, is likely to be right up there.

Indeed he is confident about his prospects, following what he describes as a 'fruitful' pre-event test.

"To begin with, I will be out to score as many Manufacturers' points as possible for Citroen," he replied, when asked about his targets for this season.

"I finished third in last year's Drivers' standings and I would like to do at least as well this time round. And why not one step higher? I would also like to score my first WRC win this year.

"As in previous years, the season begins on asphalt and that's a good thing, especially for me. I like the Irish stages, but the weather promises to make this year's event difficult.

"OK, we will be able to choose between two types of tyre, but the Sotto Zero will only come into its own if it really snows.

"I have prepared hard for this rally though, with a daily fitness training programme, plus some very fruitful testing."

Citroen's operation manager, Didier Cl?ment, meanwhile concurs that their pre-event test went well. However, he also emphasised that weather could well play a key role and potentially makes things a bit of a lottery.

"First of all, we will need to keep a close eye on the weather which promises to be variable and wet! And with temperatures potentially close to freezing point, ice and snow cannot be ruled out either," he continued.

"The main new parameter concerns the Pirelli tyres we will have for this unique situation, since crews will be able to choose between two products, the soft compound PZero patterned tyre and the non-studded Sotto Zero snow tyre.

"A test session in Ireland enabled us to fine-tune the C4 WRC's set-up and also evaluate the performance of both types of tyre in the different conditions we are likely to encounter.

"We have prepared well, but nothing can ever replace actually competing to find out where you really stand."