Daniel Sordo came good for Sebastien Loeb and Citroen on the Rally Catalunya this weekend bringing his C4 WRC home in second place and depriving Marcus Gronholm of valuable points.

Sordo was in the thick of things from the off and while he wasn't able to challenge Loeb and go for the win on his home event - due to their relative positions in the drivers' championship, the Spaniard did enough to make his mark.

Indeed he not only set top five times in every single test, but he also posted four stage wins and led a round of the WRC outright for the very first time.

Speaking at the finish, Dani was clearly delighted and he has now equalled his best finish of the season so far, matching the runners-up spot he took on the season opening Rallye Monte Carlo way back in January.

"Having to manage our position isn't the most exciting or easiest of tasks. Even so, we still had fun today again. We have finished ahead of Gr?nholm and I am delighted to have met the target we were set," he stated.

"We had quite a lot of pressure on our shoulders before the start. Everyone was expecting us to score a strong result and we were very fired to do our best to finish ahead of Gr?nholm.

"We managed to achieve our goal and our C4 was awesomely competitive in all the different conditions we faced. I even led a World Rally Championship round for the first time! That's a great sign going into the next round which is once again on asphalt."

Citroen boss, Guy Frequelin meanwhile was quick to praise the 'superb run' by Sordo and his co-driver, Marc Marti, adding that their performance was both 'fast and intelligent'.

Citroen's 1-2 result also allowed the French marque to cut the gap to the BP Ford World Rally Team in the manufacturers' championship, reducing the deficit from 46 points to 39 - with four more events to go and 72 points still up for grabs.

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