Martin Prokop admitted he was delighted to match his best result to date in the World Rally Championship after a strong showing on Rallye Deutschland.
The Jipocar Czech National Team driver was on solid form as he made amends for the issues he had faced on the event in recent years – which included crashing out in 2011 and then being forced out when his car caught fire on only the third stage of the rally twelve months ago.
This time around, Prokop was able to avoid the issues that sidelined a number of his rivals to stay out of trouble and finish fourth - equally what he achieved last year in Argentina.
Finishing inside the top on every stage bar the second run through Dhrontal on the final day, Prokop picked up his eighth points scoring finish in nine starts this year to leave him eighth in the championship standings.
“The Saturday stages were crucial, where we were able to drive faster than on Friday after we analyzed our performance from the first days of the rally,” he said. “We were also able to withstand the challenging afternoon conditions. There was a lot of sand and mud on the road so it was necessary to adjust my driving style. Several drivers failed to do so and they ended up off the road, or they had other serious problems.
“We ourselves had a few big moments, but we were able to keep the car on the road. The times on Sunday's two special stages showed that we had nowhere to rush - we could only lose an excellent position. Such a result from a tarmac event has got a higher value for me than the same one from Argentina 2012. It was very demanding rally with big competition and as privateers, we secured a good result among the factory teams.
“We were cheered on by crowds of fans from the Czech Republic; I would like to thank them for their support,” he concluded.