CITROEN JUST OUTSIDE TOP 3
The DS3 WRCs finished in fourth and seventh places in Portugal. Kris Meeke was part of the leading trio for a long time, and only on the final day he did give way to the Volkswagens. Victory went to Jari Matti Latvala followed by Sébastien Ogier.
A closely-fought battle
Winner in Argentina, Kris Meeke confirmed he is the man in form at the moment by fighting at the front throughout the whole rally. First of all, he was involved in a superb battle with Jari Matti Latvala for victory, especially on Saturday morning. Then he fought off Sébastien Ogier’s comeback but had to give way on Sunday morning when an anti-roll bar broke: he finished fourth. Østberg-Andersson suffered turbocharging problems, but managed to bring home the points that went with seventh place.
Despite the pressure from Kris Meeke’s DS3 WRC the Volkswagens monopolised the podium with victory going to Jari Matti Latvala from Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen. In the overall classification Sébastien Ogier has increased his lead and now has 42 points in hand over Andreas Mikkelsen.
Yves Matton (Citroën Racing manager):
“We can be pleased with this result. The DS3 WRCS were competitive and we were fighting at the front for more than two days. In addition we’ve pulled away from our pursuers in the manufacturers’ general classification and consolidated our second place. It’s a good omen for the next part of the season.”
Next round: Rally Italy (11-14 June)