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Citroen Australia14– Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle showed real determination to hunt down fourth place at Rally Australia for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
– Despite suffering a mechanical problem in the closing stages of the rally, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson made it to the end in their DS 3 WRC
– The next event will be Citroën’s home round, the Rallye de France-Alsace, held on 02-05 October

After being handed a penalty on Saturday evening, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle left the service park in fifth position on Sunday morning. On the first stage of the day, the DS 3 WRC crew moved up a place ahead of Mikko Hirvonen. Throughout the final leg, British driver Meeke produced the kind of pace worthy of another podium finish and claimed the stage win on Wedding Bells 1 (SS17)

Taking third place on the Power Stage, adding a bonus point to his championship tally, Kris Meeke finished fourth overall at Rally Australia.

More competitive on the Sunday, Mads Østberg’s name also featured near the top of the timesheets, with the Norwegian setting the fourth fastest time on Bucca 1 (SS16) and finishing third fastest on Wedding Bells 1. Unfortunately, he had to stop to repair a broken rear suspension arm on SS19. The Nordic crew managed to get going again after spending ten minutes working on the car, limping over the finishing line in a disappointing sixteenth position.

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Kris Meeke: “It’s a bit of a strange feeling to be honest, I think this is my strongest performance so far this season, even though we have finished fourth with the penalty. Seb and Jari are still out of reach for the moment. In Finland, in Germany and this week in Australia, we have been fighting at the front. This is my first full season in WRC, but I feel I’m getting stronger and stronger. We’ll have to keep it up at the Rallye de France.”

Mads Østberg: “It was a tough weekend for us although we did improve the more stages we completed. We were able to show our speed and managed to defend our position against Hayden Paddon. Unfortunately, we had a damaged rear suspension arm on the penultimate stage. We were able to repair it in order to finish the race, but we were really unlucky. We’ll have to switch our focus now to the Rallye de France, Citroën’s home event.”

Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “We saw that Kris was capable of setting some very good times without really pushing today. He had the potential to end the rally within thirty seconds of the winner. Mads had more difficulties at the start of the rally. But he showed that he had the ability to improve and get closer to Kris’ times. He has the required talent, he just has to find a bit more confidence.”

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