Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier says he is 'over the moon' to have won Rallye Deutschland and to have ended his victory barren spell.
Ogier last stood on the top step of the podium back in February in Sweden, and since then has had to settle for a string of podiums, although he did come close to victory in Argentina.
It was his second successive win in Germany and his third in total, a result that increases his Championship lead from 45 points to 59 with four events remaining and a maximum 112 points left up for grabs.
“This is great,” Ogier said. “I haven't had a chance to win on the recent rallies and I was missing that feeling for sure.
“It's been really exciting and a long time since I was battling like this for a win. I really had to push to beat the guys around me.”
Speaking later, the Frenchman reiterated just how much the win meant to him, as well as how important he thinks it is in his bid to secure his fourth Drivers' title.
“A fantastic feeling to be back at the top of the podium after this long dry spell,” he added. “I am over the moon to have repeated last year's success at Rally Germany.
“The home win is extremely important to our team, Julien [Ingrassia – co-driver] and I made great progress in the direction of the title in the championship standings - it is an important step in the championship - and naturally we are proud to have given our boss Jost [Capito] a worthy leaving present.
“It was wonderful having him as team boss and I wish him the same success in Formula 1 that he had with Volkswagen in the WRC.”
Meanwhile, Ogier added that his pace on Saturday in the infamous Baumholder military proving ground was key to his success.
“The weekend wasn't easy for me since I really wanted to win here and then it is easy to be a little bit too motivated going into the race. Then there was the weather, which changed constantly and was extremely difficult to predict.
“In the end, I waited patiently for my opportunity, and with the times on the Panzerplatte in particular, built up the crucial lead over my rivals.”