Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen secured the French team’s first Rally Sweden podium since 2014 as the Irishman secured his best WRC finish when he came home in second place overall on Sunday ending the event just behind winner Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai.
Speaking following the rally, Breen who ended the event 19.8s behind Neuville commented by saying:
I’m absolutely on top of the world! It has been an incredible weekend. I have always really enjoyed this rally in the past, but I have to say that I surprised myself this weekend in that I was able to fight at the front throughout the race, without making any mistakes. I used to think that quick rallies weren’t suited to me, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. In any event, my C3 WRC was perfect here and it’s great to secure this result for the team – the guys have worked really hard for this.
Mads Ostberg is hoping that his performance this weekend will lead to more outings with the Citroen Racing team as he ended the rally in sixth place overall and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
I’m delighted with my return to the team. I wasn’t expecting to be able to fight for such a good position with the limited amount of miles we covered in testing. I hope that the team is pleased with what we have done with this first experience together. I know that with more time in the car, I can be even more competitive with the C3 WRC. In any case, I would love to drive it again soon!
It was a disappointing rally for Kris Meeke as the Northern Irishman finished the event in 15th place over 2 minutes behind Neuville. Speaking following the event he commented by saying:
It was a difficult rally for us. With our less than ideal position in the running order on Friday, I had trouble finding any confidence, which meant that we ended up being one of the first on the road on Saturday. I was nonetheless working hard to secure the point for tenth place when we nosed into a snow bank at low speed and damaged the turbo. It was really unlucky. I’m determined to bounce back, starting in Mexico. Out of the next four rallies, I have already won three of them and I was leading in Corsica last year as well.