Like in Mexico and Argentina, Mads Ã˜stberg and Jonas Andersson finished on the podium at Rally Finland in their DS 3 WRC. The Nordic crew remains third in the World Championship and the CitroÃ«n Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team consolidates its second place in the Manufacturersâ€™ championship standings. The WRC switches to tarmac for the next round, Rallye Deutschland, on 20-23 August.
All three DS 3 WRCs set off again this morning for a short loop featuring just two stages. Kris Meeke, Khalid Al Qassimi and Mads Ã˜stberg used the first run on MyhinpÃ¤Ã¤ to find their marks before the Power Stage.
First on the road, Kris Meeke set the third fastest time, just ahead of Mads Ã˜stberg. After a long regroup, the crews tackled this very fast stage for a second time in the final showdown. Kris Meeke claimed a bonus point by grabbing the third best time. Mads Ã˜stberg was fifth fastest on the Power Stage, securing his third podium finish of the season. Meanwhile, Khalid Al Qassimi enjoyed an error-free rally.
Thanks to his third place finish, Mads Ã˜stberg scored 15 points to remain third in the Driversâ€™ World Championship. With the extra point claimed by Kris Meeke, the CitroÃ«n Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team now holds a slender advantage in second position in the Manufacturersâ€™ standings.
Third in the WRC2 category since the opening day, StÃ©phane Lefebvre and StÃ©phane PrÃ©vot also completed the event on the podium in their DS 3 RRC. This highly positive result serves as the perfect warm-up for the young French driverâ€™s competitive debut in the DS 3 WRC at Rally Germany in three weeksâ€™ time.
In the FIA Junior WRC, the Frenchman Quentin Gilbert snatched the win by the narrowest of margins, finishing just 0.5 seconds ahead of the Finn Henri HaapamÃ¤ki. The Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby took the final podium place.