The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Consolidates its Second Position
Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg began the final day of Rally de Portugal looking to collect a large haul of points for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.
Although he fought to stay in the top three, in the end Kris Meeke had to settle for fourth position, securing important points for the championships. He therefore followed up his win in Argentina by racking up another bumper collection of points, enabling him to move into fourth place in the Drivers’ standings, after an intense scrap with Jari-Matti Latvala, Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen that lasted two days.
Eighth at the start of the final day, Mads Østberg produced some fine performances in the closing stages of the rally. He moved ahead of Hayden Paddon after the first pass on Fafe, before taking a hefty 11.2 seconds out of Dani Sordo’s lead on the 32km Vieira do Minho. A final push saw the Norwegian beat the Spaniard again on the Power Stage, but he ended up missing out on sixth place by less than five seconds.
Penalised after retiring on the opening day, Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson completed their second WRC rally of the season in 22nd place.
Competing in a DS 3 R5, Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot scored twelve points after finishing fourth in the WRC2 category. With three events completed in this championship, they consolidated their fourth position in the standings and moved closers to the leaders.
In the FIA Junior WRC, French ace Quentin Gilbert secured a second successive win. After claiming victory in the opening rally of the season in Monaco, he notched up another win, this time finishing ahead of fellow Frenchman Pierre-Louis Loubet and the Finn Henri Haapamaki.
The World Championship now heads for Alghero where the next round, Rally Italia Sardegna, will be held on 11-14 June.