Citroen flies high in Spain
As Sebastien Ogier took his second title in the World Champion Rally in as many years, Citroën achieved a fine performance with Mads Ostberg ending up.
For the lone mixed event of the season (one day on gravel, two on asphalt) in the area of Salou, south of Barcelona, versatility was the key and that’s exactly what Ostberg managed to show off, making the most of his DS3 WRC to score big points at the foot of the podium.
In the Championship standings, the Norwegian overtakes his teammate Chris Meeke. The Ulsterman retired during the first stage on Friday. He was racing for a top 3 when he suffered a rare double double but had only one spare.
50 – 2014 marked the 50th Spanish rally. The milestone was celabrated in style with a 50km long special stage – the longest ever of the rally – ran twice on Saturday. It was won by the Volkswagen drivers.
Former Citroen driver Sebastien Ogier won the Championship for the second time in two years, driving the Volkswagen Polo R. The French had clearly taken over from his country-mate Sebastien Loeb,crowned nine times before him.
“Citroen has turned his focus to the WTCC while VW has put the money in the rally. It is difficult to win but the ambitions of Citroën are not the same… and they are fully satisfied with the title in the WTCC.” The analysis of Loeb, who always eyes WRC despite its commitment WTCC, regarding Citroën’s results this season.
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