Henning Solberg was delighted with a podium finish on Rally Argentina after the Stobart VK M-Sport man secured his first top three result of the 2009 World Rally Championship season.
Solberg had run solidly throughout the event in the top five, and made the most of problems for Jari-Matti Latvala and a retirement for brother Petter to take third place in South America.
It marked his first podium since the 2007 campaign, and with Matthew Wilson taking fifth, allowed the Stobart crew to close to within six points of the main Ford team in the championship standings.
“It's a fantastic result for us, I can't believe it,” Henning said at the finish. “It's been such a long time since my last podium and we have really worked hard this year and especially on this event; it was much tougher than I expected.
“I'm very sorry for Petter, he has done a good job here also, but this is what happens in rallying. I spent time before this rally working on the set-up with my engineer because I knew we could do well here if I had a good feeling. It was difficult on Saturday, the stages started off slippery then got very rough and we struggled a bit with getting the car to turn in.
“We have got a Ford on the podium and collected points for the Stobart team and me; now I'm back into fourth and ahead of Petter in the championship.”
The Norwegian also quipped that his position as the highest placed Solberg in the standings was 'how it should be'.
“Big brothers should be first and little brother should be behind,” he said. “That's how it should stay for the whole year!”
Team boss Malcolm Wilson was also pleased with the podium finish, and said both of his drivers had been rewarded for the approach they had taken going into the weekend.
“We've witnessed another solid team result for Stobart and a very clever and calculated drive by Henning,” he said. “After the recce both crews felt that they would have to treat this rally with respect, they have done just that and have been rewarded with strong finishes and a fantastic podium for Henning and Cato.
“The cars have run faultlessly throughout this event, one of the toughest Rally Argentinas for a long time, and helped the guys deliver an impressive team performance."