M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says Ott Tanak's performance on Rally Poland last weekend was "absolutely fantastic" and proves he is now really "coming of age".

Tanak led early on in the new Fiesta RS WRC, and while he dropped back to fourth on Friday afternoon, he fought back on days two and three, eventually securing the final podium position after a good scrap with Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala.

In total, Tanak won six stages and he was also second quickest in the event ending Power Stage, just 0.1s slower than Sebastien Ogier.

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"It's been a sensational drive by Ott and Raigo [Molder - his co-driver]," said Wilson. "It's been great to see them gain confidence over the last couple of events and now to be able to deliver a result like this is absolutely fantastic.

"And then to top it all off, his result on the final stage - that must have been the smallest margin Ogier has ever won a Power Stage by! It sends out a clear message that the combination of Ott and the new car is working well and we're all really looking forward to Finland in a few weeks' time.

"He's had a tough few years but he's really coming of age now and I think our strategy with both drivers [Ott and Elfyn Evans] is starting to prove its worth.

"The plan was always for the guys to use the first half of the season to find their feet, and then push the limits a bit more to see what we could do. It seems to be working, so let's just hope it continues."

"But the most important thing for us as a team is to see how competitive the new car really is. That's what we've been working towards and the morale within the team has been lifted tenfold by this result," Wilson added.

"With so many fastest stage times and such an encouraging performance by Ott, this is almost as good as a win for us and I'll be buying the beers tonight!"

Meanwhile, while Tanak celebrated third in Poland, team-mate Elfyn Evans had another sobering event and was forced out on Saturday when a water pump failed. The Welshman then re-started on Sunday under Rally 2 and at the finish was classified in 50th position.

"It's been three bad events in a row for us now so hopefully that's the end of it and we can look forward to making a comeback in Finland," Evans remarked.

"Ott has really proven what the new car can do this weekend and that provides all of us with a huge amount of confidence moving forward.

"I think we had the potential to be relatively quick here. I don't know if I would have been on the same pace as Ott as he was simply incredible, but when everything was working well I felt really good in the car and I think we could have been where we wanted to be. Unfortunately we didn't get the mileage to prove that so we'll just have to try and prove it in Finland."