Citroen's Mads Ostberg put in an 'exemplary' performance to take fourth place on Rallye Monte Carlo this weekend, the 2015 WRC season opener.

The Norwegian initially trailed team-mates Sebastien Loeb and Kris Meeke, but when both hit trouble in SS8, he was able to profit, further benefiting on day three when Ott Tanak went off in SS10. Promoted to fourth he then held the position to the end, finishing 31.3 seconds off Andreas Mikkelsen, despite engine problems in the final test, a repeat of what he experienced in SS12 on Saturday.

"I'm very happy to reach the end of this year's Rallye Monte-Carlo in fourth position. We were consistent and quick," said Ostberg.

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"Perhaps we might have hoped to do a little better, but fourth position is a good result. I'm now going to concentrate fully on Rally Sweden, which starts in less than two weeks."

Quizzed on the engine issue, he added: "Again we were very lucky, same engine problem again, so we had to stop. I will be in a new car for Sweden though so hopefully it won't happen again.

"I am pleased to be here without any mistakes from my side."

Citroen boss Yves Matton was impressed with how Ostberg performed.

"Mads was exemplary throughout the rally," Matton noted, "and I know he is already thinking about Rally Sweden next month!"