Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson scored his best finish of the 2010 World Rally Championship season when he claimed fifth place on the Jordan Rally last weekend.
Wilson ran in the top-eight throughout the three-day event, gaining two places on the second leg when BP Ford Abu Dhabi #1 driver Mikko Hirvonen crashed out in SS8 and then moving ahead of his Stobart Ford team-mate, Henning Solberg in SS10 when the Norwegian suffered a puncture after hitting some rocks.
The youngster then survived a tricky final day and took advantage of tactical changes in road position by other drivers to collect ten valuable championship points. It was his second points' finish of the year and increases his season tally to 16.
"This was a really tough rally," Wilson reflected. "It's a huge challenge with the combination of the heat and the nature of the stages. They are very slippery and if you make the least little mistake you get punished for it by the rocks, there's just no margin for error.
"The last morning was probably the hardest of the lot and we had a few moments where we got away with it a little bit. To finish with no major problems and come away with fifth place is a good result for us after what happened in Mexico. We enjoyed it and now we can look forward to Turkey with confidence."
Ford/M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson was impressed with his son's performance, even if he did end up more than 6.5 minutes off Dani Sordo in fourth: "It will be a confidence boost for Matthew to have taken a strong finish from a very difficult event. Now he has established a good platform on which he can look to improve on his overall pace at the next rally," Malcolm added.
Henning Solberg meanwhile took ninth after fighting his way back into the points after that costly puncture in the first run through the long 41.45 kilometre Jordan River test.
"I am happy to get to the end after all our problems," Henning said. "The car felt good and I hoped I would be fast, but we couldn't get the times we wanted like in Mexico.
"Then we dropped too much time after the puncture on Saturday so the only thing to do was try to get some points. That is how it is in rally sometimes so we have to move on to the next round now and see what we can do when we get to Turkey in two weeks time."