Citroen boss Olivier Quesnel was delighted following the recent Rally Argentina after seeing 'his' team close right up on Ford in the battle for the 2008 manufacturers' crown.

The Versaillies-based squad were 12 points adrift going into the fourth round in the FIA World Rally Championship, but with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT only scoring 7 points in Carlos Paz and Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Sordo combing to notch up 16, after finishing first and third respectively, suddenly things are wide open again.

The result also pushed Seb back into the lead in the race for the drivers' title, now 5 points up on Mikko Hirvonen.

"It's an excellent result for us," Quesnel reflected. "When you see how the event unfolded, it clearly wasn't an easy rally, yet both our crews figured amongst the few who didn't put a foot wrong.

"Apart from the steering rack problem which slowed Dani on Friday, we didn't have any mechanical trouble either.

"The combination of two such sure-footed drivers and the reliability of the C4 has enabled us to go top in the Drivers' standings and also make up much of our deficit in the Manufacturers' points table.

"It's now up to us to keep up the hard work in order to leave nothing to chance with a view to repeating the same sort of performance in Jordan, which is the next round in the championship. We are three points behind Ford so I think that it is a new game that we now start."

Quesnel meanwhile was also quick to praise Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach, who put in a solid drive and capitalised on the high rate of attrition to take fourth in his privately entered C4.

"I would also like to congratulate Conrad and David Senior [his co-driver] whose fine run took them to fourth overall with their Citro?n C4 WRC run by PH Sport with support from Citro?n Sport Technologies technicians," he added. "Conrad scored his first WRC points in an event that was far from straightforward given the conditions."


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