The Citroen Abu Dhabi Total WRT team had a wonderful opening leg to Rally Australia, the final round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship on Friday as Mads Ostberg and his team mate Craig Breen lead the way heading into this weekend’s action.

The dry conditions and the crews positions on the road, eighth for Breen and eleventh for Ostberg helped the two crews job to the top of the leader board.

Ostberg who holds a 6.8s lead over Breen heading into Saturday commented by saying:

I thought I would need time to get used to the car again, having not driven it since Wales but I felt confident in the car very quickly. I gradually got my bearings again and adjusted my driving stage by stage. In the end, I really enjoyed it. For sure, we pushed but without risking everything. Obviously, we are right in the mix and I’m really determined to stay there!

Breen was happy with how the opening stint went for him. The Irishman said:

Other than the first stage of the loop, where I wasn’t quite on it a couple of times, I had a good opening leg. We were right on the pace all day, which you can see with our win on the longest stage. Importantly, that helped us to gain a place in tomorrow’s running order. I can’t wait to get out there again, because the second leg looks like it will be the best day of the weekend!

Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar was delighted with how the opening day went for the French team saying:

Obviously, it has been an excellent day for us, picking up where we left off in Spain in terms of performance! Our drivers were very comfortable in the C3 WRC and managed to be quick and consistent. They are now ideally positioned for the rest of the rally. We now have to keep it up and hope that the rain doesn’t cause us too much trouble…

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