Sebastien Ogier admitted he was thrilled at securing his maiden podium finish on an asphalt event in the World Rally Championship in Germany.

Ogier was unable to match the pace of either Sebastien Loeb or Dani Sordo at the wheel of his Citroen C4 having moved back to the Citroen Junior Team for the event.

However, he came out on top of battle with Jari-Matti Latvala for the final position on the podium in what was his first attempt at Rally Deutschland in a WRC car.

"This was an excellent result," he said after securing a fifth podium finish of the year. "Our objective was to finish behind the two factory Citroen C4 WRCs and now we have achieved our goal.

"This was a very positive way to finish. I'd like to thank the entire team for a brilliant job well done."

Team manager Benoit Nogier was also pleased with the result.

"Competing on their first Rallye Deutschland in a WRC machine, Sebastien and Julien are on the podium," he said. "At the start of the season we were just aiming for some podiums on gravel. Our goals have already largely been achieved, with a podium on asphalt to add to our tally as well now.

"Sebastien and Julien did a great job, coping well with the pressure when they had to go and get past Latvala. Their performance came pretty close to perfection, I would say."