Citroen's Mads Ostberg says he is "very pleased" to have taken the final spot on the podium on Wales Rally GB, especially after all his problems on Saturday afternoon.

Ostberg was in the midst of a three-way battle for second and was actually ahead of Mikko Hirvonen and team-mate Kris Meeke following SS13.

However he was then hit with a 10-second penalty for checking in late to the SS12 time control and with tyre problems in SS16 and SS17 dropped right back, leaving him just 3.3 seconds up on Thierry Neuville in fifth as competitors headed into the final day.

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Ostberg pulled away from the Belgian though this morning and when Meeke had his own tyre issues in the final two stages, he found himself bumped back up and onto the rostrum. It was his fourth top-three of the year, although the last one came in Sardinia, prior to the WRC's summer break.

"We are on the podium - it is nice to be here at the end! It is a good result after a difficult day yesterday, we are so pleased," Ostberg said. "The aim was to finish on the podium. We fought a lot at the start of the rally. But intercom and tyre problems left us down in fourth position.

"This morning, I had a very good feeling again. We were able to win a couple of stages and we have finished the rally on the podium.

"I would like to thank the entire team. This first year in the DS3 WRC has been especially rewarding and the atmosphere in the team is fantastic. I have never experienced anything like it before!"

Meeke eventually finished sixth and combined with Ostberg's third, Citroen's eighth podium of 2014, it was sufficient to give the French firm second in the Manufacturers' Championship, two points up on M-Sport.

"It's a very good end to the season," said Citroen team principal Yves Matton. "Mads' podium finish is an excellent performance to round off the year. Second place in the championship means we have achieved one of the goals we set ourselves.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the team and our partners for their investment in 2014.

"The challenge was a big one given that we were competing in two World Championships [the WRC and World Touring Car Championship]."