Kris Meeke produced the best drive of his rallying career to date by finishing third overall on Rally Finland, the latest round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Driving a works Citroen DS3 this was his third podium of the season and a result Meeke desperately needed, which should assist him in retaining his seat for the 2015 season.
Rally Finland is the fastest and toughest round in the World Series and at one point Meeke held second to Jarri-Matti Latvala with the reigning World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier in his wheel tracks.
Meeke was caught in a VW sandwich and Ogier went all out to catch his teammate passing Meeke to capture second but he had no answer to the pace set by Flying Finn Latvala.
“A podium is pretty special on the biggest rally of all. But I am not near perfection yet,” said Meeke.
“Latvala was the epitome of perfection all weekend in how to drive a rally car on these roads. Until I get there and try to win this rally some day, I will have to keep trying for perfection.”
Ogier is currently overall leader in the World Rally Championship on 166 points, while second-placed Latvala has 116.
Meanwhile, Colin Turkington increased his lead in the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton despite not winning a race.
Driving using tactics in pursuit of points the Portadown driver scored two second places and one third and is now 23 points clear of his nearest challenger Scot Gordon Shedden.
Jason Plato - driving a works MG - won the opening two races at the Norfolk circuit and the final thriller of the day went the way of Dubliner Aron Smith at the wheel of a Volkswagen CC.
MG’s Plato is the most successful driver ever at the Norfolk circuit and sealed his 12th and 13th victories on Sunday.
Plato said: “I really enjoyed that race and we are really pleased with the results.”
Plato could not claim a clean sweep, but finished fourth in the final race narrowly behind Turkington, with Smith winning from pole.