Meeke flies Citroën’s flag in France
While Volkswagen secured another double, Citroen, who played at home in the Rally of France Alsace, ended up as best of the rest with third-placed Kris Meeke.
Once Sébastien Ogier was out of contention on mechanical issues as early as Friday morning, Latvala had virtually no resistance to get his first tarmac success, staying put to first place.
The podium was already sealed on Friday night, as Chris Meeke sat third behind Andreas Mikkelsen. The Ulsterman got on Sunday his fourth podium of the season. The surprise package of the team this season rose to the occasion to displace his teammate Mads Ostberg from 6th place. He is the best Citroen driver.
Between Colmar, Strasbourg and Saverne on the familiar roads of Sebastien Loeb, the king of rallies, 9 times world champion, the Norwegian stroke a stage win to finish seventh.
9 .- Latvala ended a nine-year run of French drivers winning at home in Rallye de France, since 2005, when Sébastien Loeb succeeded to Estonian Markko Martin. Ogier was the other Frenchman to be crowned on home soil, Corsica then Alsace.
“I feel we have been very consistent throughout the weekend and that’s what has helped us to pick up another podium finish. I think we can still improve and get some better results soon.” Meeke was a happy man on Sunday, but he hopes even better in the final two events.
By winning in France while Ogier (13th with 3 points in the Power Stage) almost drew blank, Latvala kept suspense alive for the drivers’title, depriving his team mate from a crown at home.
Spain (23-26 October)