Ott Tanak says he is feeling positive about the return to Europe in the World Rally Championship after suffering a frustrating Rally Argentina.

In a high-attrition event, Tanak didn't have luck on his side in South America as he hit a rock in the water splash just two kilometres into SS4 which damaged the front-left wheel of his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The broken wheel forced him to retire and re-join the race under Rally 2 regulations and he finished 11th in the overall classification.

"We had a strategy at the start of the rally to be safe and not to go too high with the speed. We managed the first stages really well, but then we got caught out with a rock in the water splash which was really unfortunate," Tanak said.

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"We were really disappointed and desperately wanted to make it to the finish so we had to take it steady and regain the confidence step by step."

The Estonian driver is remaining upbeat despite the unsatisfactory result and is expecting to take delivery of a new-evolution Fiesta RS WRC machine ahead of Rally Portugal.

"It looks positive for Portugal," he added. "We will have the new car and a good test beforehand so I just need to pull everything together and work on myself to ensure that we can have a good result."

Rally Portugal is set to act as round five of the 2015 World Rally Championship and is scheduled for the 21-24 May.