Citroen number two driver Dani Sordo took his fourth podium of the season last weekend in Poland, to add to his earlier rostrums in Argentina, Portugal and Ireland.

It was a significant result for the Spaniard and the Citroen Total World Rally Team, especially after team leader Sebastien Loeb had crashed out on the first day and effectively put himself out of contention.

Despite the increased pressure though, Sordo rose to the challenge and on Saturday morning pushed the Ford's of Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala to the limit. While he couldn't maintain that on the repeat loop on Saturday and then eased up on the final day, after overshooting a junction in the first test, SS14, his performance was impressive. Indeed in total he set top-five times in 15 of the 18 tests - including topping the times in SS9.

Speaking at the finish, and after inheriting second late-on following Jari-Matti Latvala's error in the event ending super special, Dani added that while he was happy with the result, he felt really sorry for his rival.

"Seb's problem on Day 1 put me in a difficult situation because it meant I really had to make sure I finished at least third to be sure of finishing in the big points," said Sordo.

"Even so, I still managed to post some top times at a time when the two Ford drivers were both going flat out.

"On day two I was fast on the first loop. The road was better for me, cleaner after two cars. Then on the repeat Mikko and Jari-Matti were pushing too hard and it was really difficult. It was not so easy.

"Then this morning I got my braking wrong for a hairpin because the board I had chosen as a marker had disappeared! We went straight on and that cost us a bit of time. Although the incident didn't really change much for us, it did show how vital it is to stay focused all the way to the flag if we wanted to finish on the podium.

"[In the end] for the points I thought third was not bad and now I am actually second! It is better for me for the points, but I feel sorry for Jari-Matti. I am sincerely sorry for him. I know how disappointing it can be to go off on the last stage of a rally."

Meanwhile Sordo's co-driver, Marc Marti added that they definitely did felt a lot more weight on their shoulders this weekend.

"We are normally in a position where we have no problem. S?bastien is consistent and has been during the season. This has been a strange situation for us," Marti explained. "Dani understands the job though and is getting good confidence with the pace notes. This was the secret for us.

"Then we knew that we must take points for the Manufacturers' Championship. It was a really a difficult rally."