Hyundai's Dani Sordo took an “unbelievably close” first podium of the season on Rallye Deutschland on Sunday, after beating team-mate Thierry Neuville by just 0.1 seconds.
Sordo, who had to miss the last event in Finland due to injury, moved up to third in the final stage on Saturday, when he was second quickest in the long Panzerplatte Lang 2 test.
The Spaniard then took second overall this morning, when he was quickest in SS15, but with less than 5 seconds separating him from Neuville and Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen going into the Power Stage, it set up a thrilling finale, with Sordo just edging it.
“That was unbelievably close but I am delighted to take our first podium of the season,” said Sordo, who lost his third place finish in Mexico earlier this year after being handed a two-minute penalty for a tyre infringement.
“We have come so close many times this year with fourth places in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and Sardinia so it's great that we've finally done it.
“After the disappointment of not being able to participate in Finland, we wanted to come here and show a good performance. It's not been easy with the tricky conditions but we've kept our focus and this second position is the perfect reward.
“The car has performed faultlessly this weekend, and the team has to be commended on their work. It's a big effort from everyone so to have two cars inside the top three is a wonderful result, especially in the [teams] home rally.”
Meanwhile, Hyundai boss Michel Nandan was delighted to see the team notch up its first double podium of the season, especially in its 'home' event.
“What a finish that was!” Nandan added. “We knew it was going to be a close one but I don't think anyone predicted it would be that tense. 0.1 seconds after 17 stages and almost 300km of special stages is incredible.
“I'd like to say congratulations to Dani, Marc [Marti], Thierry and Nicolas [Gilsoul] on a fantastic clean and exciting fight. It's wonderful to get two cars on the podium for the first time this season - and in our home rally makes it even more special.
“This result also gives us confidence in the performance of the New Generation i20 WRC across a range of tarmac conditions.
"We now have several weeks until Corsica, during which time we will review all we've learned and prepare as best we can for the final four events of 2016.”