Skoda Motorsport has said Juho Hanninen is relishing the battle ahead in his efforts to win the 78th Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo tonight.
The Finn is 44.1 seconds behind leader Mikko Hirvonen with four stages of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge season opener left
A spokesperson for the Czech team said: "The battle is very tight and very exciting. We said before the start of the rally that we wanted to fight for a podium and Juho is doing this. He is happy and everything is okay with the car."
Hanninen will start tonight's section ninth on the road