Martin Prokop's conservative strategy at Rally Argentina saw him take his career-equal best finish of fourth in the World Rally Championship, a remarkable placing for a privateer entry.

The Czech rally driver openly admitted he opted to take the route steady and tread carefully over the rough terrain in the high-attrition event. As a number of drivers were forced to retire, the Jipocar Czech National Team driver kept his concentration to grab fourth place.

"We decided for quite careful strategy already during the recce as we saw the crazy rough and damaged terrain," Prokop said. "We were slowing down on the most destroyed places and going out of the best lines to avoid hitting of stones and big holes.

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"It was definitely not the fastest and the most attractive tactics and some of our fans can be bit disappointed about it but the final result should make them happy again."

Prokop also recorded a fourth place finish in Argentina three years ago in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, so it felt a little like history repeating itself. The career-equal best result, along with another fourth in Germany in 2013, delighted the Czech Republic driver and he feels the treacherous terrain helps his driving style.

"This year in Argentina there really was no space for fast and attractive rallying in good pace as we showed in Mexico just a month ago," he added. "This was nothing less than a brutal survival rally."

The privateer squad heads to next month's Rally Portugal, which acts as round five of the 2015 World Rally Championship, expecting to take delivery of a new Ford Fiesta WRC car, despite its strong finish in South America with the older version.

However, the news of an upgraded Fiesta allowed Prokop to make a quip: "Our Fiesta has been sold just before the rally started so we were racing virtually with rented car. You can't afford to damage or crash a rented car!"

Despite the healthy helping of points Prokop was only able to consolidate his eighth place in the WRC drivers' standings with 26 points, but opened up a significant gap between him and three factory-supported drivers.