Citroen's Kris Meeke put in an 'exemplary performance' to take third place on Rallye de France-Alsace.

Meeke ran in third from SS2 onwards and while he wasn't ultimately able to challenge the Volkswagen's of Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen that finished 1-2, he used his head to ensure he got to the end and notched up his fourth podium of the season, to add to those achieved in Monte Carlo, Argentina and Finland.

Speaking at the finish he said he was confident he can do now "improve" and get "some better results soon".

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"I'm really happy with my weekend. I couldn't have done much more," Meeke reflected following the 11th round in the 2014 World Rally Championship. "Today was all about protecting my position. If I really stuck my neck out I could get close to the Volkswagens, but the more important thing for me is consistency.

"We were on the pace right from the very start of the rally. We then focussed mainly on protecting our position."

"I feel we have been very consistent throughout the weekend and that's what has helped us to pick up another podium finish. I think we can still improve and get some better results soon," he added.

Citroen deputy team boss Marek Nawarecki was delighted to see the Ulsterman do so well on the team's home event.

"The aim was to build on the knowledge and experience of the entire team at this event in order to fight for a place on the podium and thanks to an exemplary performance, Kris has made sure we achieved that goal," he noted.

"This third place was important. Kris showed that he was quick and that he knew how to deliver a result."

Mads Ostberg meanwhile finished seventh in the sister car, losing a position in the final stage when he got distracted by a noise and missed a pace-note.

The Norwegian had also lost time on Saturday, when he had to make repairs to his car before SS13 and incurred a 1 minute 10 second penalty for being late into the test.

"I'm very pleased to have made it to the end of Rallye de France. We had a few problems which prevented us from showing our full potential. But that's part and parcel of rallying. When everything was working perfectly, we managed to set some good times. There are many positives to take away from this rally, starting with the points we won!" Ostberg said.