Citroen's Mads Ostberg says a top-five or top-six finish would be a “pretty good result” for him this coming week on Rallye Deutschland.
Ostberg was happy with how pre-event testing went in France and will now be looking to maintain the run that has seen him score points in every event so far this season – and in every event since last year's Rallye de France in October.
“Testing went very well,” said Ostberg, who of course emphasised after his third place finish in Finland last time out that the pre-event test there was 'key'
to his podium.
“I was able to fully concentrate on my driving, to get my bearings again [on asphalt]. The upgrades made by the technical team [during the first half of the season] are undoubtedly going to help us to compete with our main rivals.
“The DS 3 WRC is an exceptional car on tarmac, so I can't wait to get going on this, the first proper rally on this surface on the 2015 calendar.”
This will be Ostberg's sixth outing on Rallye Deutschland, his best result coming in 2012 when he was fourth, while he was sixth last year and ninth in 2013: “I know Rallye Deutschland pretty well now, having competed here five times before. It's a great event, which calls for a lot of concentration. My aim is to do my best and be as quick as possible,” he added.
“The roads vary a lot throughout the rally, with stages in the vineyards, the forests and the military base and so you need to keep adjusting your driving style.
“A top-five or a top-six finish would be a pretty good result, because we need to score points for the championships.”
Ostberg is currently third in the Drivers' Championship with 84 points – 9 less than Jari-Matti Latvala in second – while Citroen is in the midst of a tight three-way scrap for second in the Manufacturers', with 2 points more than Hyundai and 15 more than M-Sport.