Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson has moved up to sixth position in World Rally Championship standings after chalking up a last gasp fifth place finish on the 2009 Rally Cyprus.

The British driver struggled in the early stages of the mixed-surface event, Wilson unable to match his closest rivals on the tarmac surface to end leg one in eighth position.

However, a return to gravel invigorated Wilson's hopes as he steadily climbed the leaderboard, jumping three places to fifth at the end of the day having managed the third quickest time on the leg's longest stage.

With just three stages of the event remaining, Wilson looked to have blown his chances when he stalled at the start of SS13, losing ten seconds and fifth place to Citroen's Sebastien Ogier.

However, Wilson responded in the best way possible on the final encounter of the rally with his first ever main stage victory, while he got fifth place back when Ogier crashed out close to the finish line.

"It has been a brilliant weekend," he said. "I had a slow start on Friday as I struggled on the asphalt but the next two days more than made up for it. We put ourselves under pressure stalling on the long stage today and losing ten seconds, but that meant we went into the last stage with the pressure back on Ogier.

"We were three seconds up with a few kilometres to go and I think the pressure got to him and he ended up sliding off just before the end. This signifies a big step forward for me; we pushed hard during the weekend but we were always well within our limits and that's really encouraging."



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