Mads Ostberg is delighted the long wait is over to restart rallying as he looks to take momentum to Argentina after his impressive second place finish last time out in Mexico.

The Citroen Total Abu Dhabi driver navigated clear of trouble as his rivals floundered to grab his first podium of the season and jump up to fourth place in the WRC drivers' standings. Since Rally Mexico the Norwegian has enjoyed some test sessions in Portugal along with running development work with Michelin ahead of the tarmac rounds for later in the season.

Ostberg also got to grips with some new parts on his Citroen DS 3 WRC machine and is raring to go after seven weeks away from the action.

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"After our excellent result in Mexico, we have had a long period without racing. We rarely have seven weeks between two rallies, it's almost as long as the winter break," Ostberg said. "I can't wait to get back in my DS 3 WRC.

"We had a good test session after Mexico. I was able to work on the new features of the 2015-spec DS 3. In Argentina, I am going to adopt the same strategy as in Mexico. I'll need to set a consistent, quick pace right from the word go, and then maintain it."

The 27-year-old's strongest performance in South America came in 2012 while driving for Adapta in a Ford Fiesta RS - grabbing third place - but suffered a disappointing maiden race with Citroen last year after failing to finish.