M-Sport's Mikko Hirvonen has admitted in falling short of his podium quest but remains happy to have scored valuable points in fifth at Australia.

Hirvonen maintained his consistent run of form at Australia to seal a now near clockwork fourth top five finish in a row, which has now elevated the M-Sport driver into fourth spot in the driver standings.

The Finn had held fourth up until the late stages of Rally Australia but a reinvigorated charge from Citroen's Kris Meeke demoted the Ford Focus by nine-seconds in the final result.

The result though means Hirvonen has still only scored one podium finish so far this season.

"We wanted to be in the fight for the podium this weekend," said Hirvonen. Unfortunately that wasn't to be, but it wasn't a bad weekend for us at all and we had a good fight with Kris [Meeke] towards the end.

"We gave it everything we had but Kris [Meeke] was just that little bit faster on every stage today.

"As I say it wasn't a bad weekend. I was really happy with my driving and we're up to fourth in the championship now - I think we can be pleased with that."

Hirvonen's M-Sport squad, who also scored points with Elfyn Evans in eighth position, means the team now stands tantalisingly close to overhauling the works Citroen effort in the manufacturers' reckoning, behind crowned champions Volkswagen.



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