Dani Sordo says he's happy with sixth place at Rally de Portugal despite his tyres woes and feels it is a good base to work from for next month's Rally d'Italia.

The Hyundai factory driver enjoyed the majority of the home support from the Portuguese and traveling Spanish fans as he guided his i20 WRC machine to sixth but felt a lack of handling prevented him from challenging at the sharp end of the field.

The Spaniard briefly led the Rally de Portugal on Friday after grabbing a stage victory but eventually slid backwards through the order as the strong Volkswagen and Citroen drivers found their form.

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"I've been happier with the handling of the car," Sordo said. "We had just one spare tyre like we did on Friday and I felt more confident. The longer stage was still slippery and it was a difficult run but we managed to keep our sixth position.

"Overall, I am happy with what we have achieved on this new-look rally. It has not been easy to manage the tyres and we struggled a bit on Saturday, but there have also been signs of encouragement."

The former rally winner says he is already shifting his focus to round six of the 2015 World Rally Championship in Italy and feels his Hyundai team will be able to take the positives from Portugal and apply them to next month's event.

"We had good reliability from the car, so this is good for us to build on for Sardinia."