Citroen World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke says his latest test has restored his confidence and brought a performance breakthrough with his DS3 WRC.
Since his podium result on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally, the Dungannon driver has been through a torrid time, making mistakes on the next three rounds that culminated in a shunt that ended his Rally of Portugal on day one.
Meeke tested the DS3 WRC in Sardinia at the end of April.
"After Portugal I was so low," said Meeke. "I needed a couple of weeks at home and away from everything, but once I'd had that I just couldn't wait to get back in the car - and it felt so good to be back there.
"The priority was for me to get the confidence back and to try driving with a smile on my face. I did that."
As well as a confidence boost, Meeke said the test also provided additional data that will help with the set-up of his DS3.
"We did find something," he said, "we've never had any issues with the set-up of the car, but I definitely feel that we improved it a little bit last week.
"The set-up is always about finding a balance between traction and finding the feeling through a long corner.
"We went in a direction where we were able to get those and give me some more confidence. I was very happy coming away from there."
The 2014 World Rally Championship resumes in Argentina this weekend after a one-month break.