Henning Solberg said he was pleased with a points scoring finish on his first World Rally Championship outing for twelve months in Sweden.
Driving an M-Sport fun Ford Fiesta, the 41-year-old was on the pace throughout to run inside the top six, although he would slip back to seventh on the final day behind a recovering Sebastien Ogier.
It still meant Solberg finished one place higher than twelve months ago, and he said he was now keen to try and secure further outings in the series before the end of the year.
“I am very, very happy with how this rally has gone,” he said. “It's been twelve months since I've driven a rally so to be able to challenge the top guys felt really good. And, we set some good times. And, we set a fastest stage time. Not so bad for a man in his 40s!
“Now, the plan is to go on to do more rallies, that is what I want, so we'll be looking to try and get the budget together.”
Solberg's outing, which included the fastest time through SS11, came on Pirelli's return to the top level of the sport, with his Fiesta equipped with tyres supplied by the Italian manufacturer.
“It was very encouraging performance and we are very pleased," Pirelli's senior tyre engineer Matteo Braga said. “Even though we have not competed in the World Rally Car class since 2010, we have not stopped working during these three years and the job we have been doing in the national championships we have contested has made a big difference.
“Henning was happy and confident with the tyres and the balance they gave him. The stage win on day two was good, as was the second-fastest time Henning recorded on stage four. We were also very happy with the stud retention but also the quality of the studs. We experienced no problems in this respect and that was very satisfying.”