Ott Tanak produced one of the most impressive drives on Rally Sweden to bring home a fifth place finish on his first outing in the World Rally Championship for more than twelve months.

The 26-year-old Estonian was making his first outing in the WRC since the 2012 season finale, with his appearance in Sweden being the first of three planned at the wheel of the Fiesta RS WRC this year.

On the pace from the outset, Tanak made light of his lack of recent top-line action to se the fastest time on SS5 and brought his car through the challenging stages to finish little more than half a minute down on fellow Ford man Mikko Hirvonen.

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"I don't think we could have expected anything better," the M-Sport driver said. "We had a good, clean rally with no problems and after a twelve month break it really was a fantastic result for us. This was like another first event for us and we were getting more and more confident as the rally went on.

"We were trying lots of different things - driving styles, set-ups - and Raigo [Molder, co-driver] and I really improved our relationship in the car. There were a lot of new things this weekend. We got a lot of good experience and it gives us a really good base to build on."

Pontus Tidemand was also running out of the M-Sport awning on what was his second outing at the wheel of the Fiesta, and he too was able to bring home points from the event with a solid run to eighth place on his home event.

"It's been a difficult event with some really tricky conditions but I have to be happy to be here at the end," he said. "We've learnt a lot and were able to try a lot of different things with the car and the driving. It was good fun and great to see all the Swedish flags out on the stage, I really hope we did them proud."