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Rally de Portugal: Ostberg to aim higher now

Mads Ostberg takes his second podium of the 2014 WRC season on Rally de Portugal and picks up a bonus point in the Power Stage in his Citroen DS3 WRC car
Citroen's Mads Ostberg has pledged to aim even higher after clinching his second podium of the season on Rally de Portugal.

The Norwegian ran in the top-five in his DS3 WRC car for much of the event, finishing the opening leg fourth overall, just 0.1 seconds up on Dani Sordo. He then gained a place on Saturday morning, when Ott Tanak crashed out, and after that held third right to the end, finishing with a flourish, by going quickest in the penultimate test and then third in the Power Stage to pick up a bonus point. The result consolidates his third place in the 2014 WRC Drivers' Championship.

“This second podium finish of the season, the first on gravel, has been earned through the hard work done by the entire team since the start of the year. We are making progress at every rally and in each test session,” said the former Crash.net columnist.

“This third place is an excellent result and the point from the Power Stage is a bonus. That was our aim before the start. We didn't take too many risks during the rally. It augurs well for the rest of the season.

“We'll be able to aim even higher in future,” he confirmed.

Citroen boss, Yves Matton added: “Mads' third place demonstrates the ability of the team to compete with the leaders. We have all worked hard to improve and to try and achieve strong results.

“This podium finish is another good step forward in the first third of the season. We hope we can keep improving.”

Ostberg's team-mates Kris Meeke and Khalid Al Qassimi meanwhile both had a more trying time in Portugal. Meeke failed to finish in the sister after crashing out on Friday in the final test - he had been running ninth, while Al Qassimi finished 13th.

“We worked hard throughout the rally to find the right set-up. This rally is a very specific test. I was looking to find the right set-up in order to have a well-balanced car. I'm pleased with what we managed to do at such a difficult rally. I am now going to turn my attention to the upcoming rounds of the Middle East Rally Championship,” Al Qassimi stated.


Tagged as: Portugal , Citroën , Ostberg

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