Matthew Wilson admitted that a sixth place finish in Sardinia had been more than he expected after the Stobart VK M-Sport man ran into problems on day one of the event.
The Briton lost time throughout the opening morning after running into a hydraulic issue, and was forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the event as he looked to battle back into the points.
However, a series of solid stage times through the second and third days – and problems for some of the drivers ahead – allowed him to bring his Focus home in sixth to add to his points tally, although he admitted there is work to be done in the upcoming events.
“After our problems on the first day this result is probably better than we could have expected,” he said. “It was difficult today as we ended up with a big gap to the crews ahead and behind us so we haven't been in a battle. It is hard not having anyone to fight against as it's difficult to judge your pace.
“Obviously to finish in the points is exactly what we were after. We had some encouraging stages but there were some where our notes weren't good enough. That's an area we need to work on for the future.”