Citroen's Daniel Sordo survived the conditions to take his first podium position of the season on the Rally Argentina last weekend.

The Spaniard enjoyed a relatively trouble-free event and while power steering problems in the penultimate test on Friday left him 30 seconds off the pace and dropped him to P5, he recovered to take third, when Gigi Galli and Petter Solberg both had misfortunes of their own on days 2 and 3 respectively.

Speaking at the finish in Carlos Paz, the Spaniard noted that he was delighted to get onto the rostrum, especially as the weather conditions had made things extremely taxing.

"It would have been so easy to get caught out," he reflected. "It really has been a difficult event: a single bend could have compromised all the good work put in by everyone in the team and the chance for Citro?n to close the gap in the [manufacturers] championship.

"I am pleased to have finished third though and my times were on a par with what I was hoping for.

"We didn't have very big problems - only in one stage we had a little problem. We will start the new season now. I'm happy with the performance of the car."

Sordo's co-driver Marc Marti meanwhile was also delighted and agreed that it was an especially sweet result given there was so much rain and mud.

"When we arrived here we expect, of course, to do a good result for Citro?n and for us, because in the previous rally we didn't have a lot of luck. But of course, you never know, and we never expected to have these weather conditions," he added.

"Then, into the rally, when we arrived at the end of the rally in the third position, we are really, really happy because it's a good result for the team of course, and also for us because it's not easy in these conditions for even a driver like Dani to arrive in third position."



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