M-Sport's Ott Tanak put in an "encouraging performance" and secured sixth position on Rally Australia last weekend.

Tanak was making his debut on the event in a WRC car - having contested it for the first time twelve months ago in the Fiesta R5.

Despite his inexperience, however, he posted ten top-six times in his Fiesta RS WRC, peaking with a second best time in Valla 1 (SS10) on Saturday morning, only 0.6s off the stage win. He was also third in SS1, SS5 and SS9.

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Tanak eventually took P6 with ease, more than 30s up on the Hyundai's of Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo in seventh and eighth.

"It's been a really tough rally. This was my first experience of these stages with a world rally car so there was a lot to discover," Tanak admitted.

"We made a lot of changes to the notes and it was good to see that the speed was still good enough to set some competitive stage times.

"With the experience we have, it was very hard to follow the top crews but we have learnt a lot and I am sure that we will be able to compete at the highest level [here] in the future."

Meanwhile, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson was happy to see Tanak take his fourth points' finish in a row and his sixth of the season.

"We have seen some encouraging performances from Ott this weekend," Wilson added.

"Considering that he has never driven these stages with a world rally car, the times that he was able to set clearly show that the potential is there."