Federico Villagra said he was happy with a solid points finish on Rally Portugal after the Munchi's Ford driver battled to a hard-earned eighth place.
Villagra and co-driver Jose Diaz had problems with intermittent misfire in their M-Sport run Ford Fiesta RS WRC on Friday's opening 64.57 km loop but by the end of Stage 4, the South American pairing were placed eleventh overall.
Changes during service saw the pair eighth place and they then battled for position with former F1 title winner Kimi Raikkonen throughout the second day.
Despite giving his all to get ahead of the Finn, Villagra was unable to make up the time to his Citroen rival but was still happy to secure a solid points finish in his second WRC outing of the season.
“We have been pushing today to try and catch up with Kimi but the tyres were cold on the first stage [of Sunday] and the conditions so slippery that we struggled to find a good pace,” he said. “It's been a tough rally but we've enjoyed ourselves this weekend and it was important to get some more time in the car after our incident in Mexico. I think we've found a good set-up at the rally and I'm feeling more and more confident with the car after each event.
“We've seen a lot of accidents this weekend and today we wanted to concentrate on getting to the end and leaving with some points for the championship. Now I will go home to prepare for the first round of my home championship which was supposed to be last weekend but was cancelled – I hope the experience will help even more for when I return to the WRC in Jordan next month.”