Dani Sordo says he is hoping to take his maiden WRC victory on home soil this weekend in Spain, with the pressure now off after Citroen secured championship honours in France last time out.
The Spaniard secured second behind team-mate Sebastien Loeb in France as Citroen wrapped up both titles in style in its home event, with Sordo now keen to try and fight for victory in the penultimate round of the year.
With the opening day being run on gravel, Sordo will benefit from running fifth on the road which should leave him well placed heading into the weekend's asphalt stages.
Eager to open his victory account to secure his drive for 2011, Sordo said he was confident going into the weekend even if he is aware that maiden success if far from being a foregone conclusion.
“Above all I'm delighted to compete in a rally in front of my home crowd,” he said. “The French spectators set us a very high target three weeks ago. The Spaniards have to take up the challenge, and be even more numerous on the side of the roads in Catalonia.
“With the first leg on gravel and the next two on asphalt, it'll be a very interesting rally and the same goes for the Friday night service park. I'm hoping for a lot from this event and people are hoping for a lot from me! I'm under a little pressure but it's positive, and frankly I feel more relaxed than in France where I had to score points to help Citroen win the manufacturers' title. The desire to score my first victory is as strong as ever but it's far from in the bag.”