Monday | 07 Sep 2015

Citroën hungry for points in Australia

The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi team is targeting a "hatful" of points at Coates Hire Rally Australia (9 - 13 September) as it chases down second place in the FIA Manufacturers' championship.

With four rounds of the season to go, the French squad lies third in the standings, trailing second-placed Hyundai by 13 points.

But Citroën hopes the combination of its DS 3 World Rally Car, which received a gravel spec upgrade earlier this year, and drivers Kris Meeke and Mads Østberg will enable it to make up lost ground.

“The aim is to come back from this long trip to Australia with a hatful of points," said team principal Yves Matton. "Mads and Kris are motivated, they are very aware that they have real assets available to them and that everything is in place to enable them to achieve good results. At this stage of the season, it is important to score points.”

Leader of the rally last season, Meeke has already shown his potential on the roads of New South Wales. Competitive in 2013 and 2014 in the DS 3 WRC, the Northern Irishman – currently seventh in the Drivers’ standings – lost out on a podium last year when he was penalised for cutting a corner. This year he is hoping for dry conditions so he can make the most of his position in the starting order.

Fourth in the Drivers' standings with three podium finishes on gravel this season, Østberg remains on a run of twelve consecutive top ten finishes, begun just after the 2014 Rally Australia.

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