"I was happier with the set-up of the car today. I made the suspension stiffer and that felt good but then the grip wasn't as strong, so maybe if we change the set-up we need to look at different tyre options as well. The surface is different on the next round in Greece and I'm aiming for a good result there."
Behind Gardemeister, team-mate Roman Kresta used his cautious approach to secure another points finish, while Gigi Galli was rewarded for his fine display with the final championship point - his chance of a podium having vanished on the opening stages of leg two when turbo problems dropped his Mitsubishi Lancer down to tenth.
In the Production Car World Rally Championship battle, Toshi Arai clinched a dramatic victory after overhauling Marcos Ligato on the final stage of the event.
Starting the day in fourth place and over 40 seconds of the lead, the Subaru driver was a comfortable winner of both of the final days stages to steal victory by just 1.6 seconds, with Ligato forced to settle for second. The victory for Arai means he now holds a ten point lead in the championship with half of the eight events gone.
Brit Mark Higgins, who had started the day in second place, was forced out on the final stage.