Mads Østberg managed to finish Rally Turkey after falling foul of a turbo failure on the second day of the race. He rejoined the rally under Rally 2 rules and confirmed he had a much better pace than his result showed.
On the last day, Østberg put together a fine series of three consecutive second fastest times
After two legs that were something of an endurance race, the final day of racing featured just thirty-five kilometres and four stages and was more of a sprint.
“We had the same kind of pace we had on Friday, with several very good times. It’s a good way to finish what has been a very tough weekend for the team. I think we certainly deserved a better outcome”, Østberg concluded.
.@MadsOstberg and @TorsteinEriksen were determined to show off their skills on gravel! ? pic.twitter.com/rD6aSuhYfs
— Citroën Racing (@CitroenRacing) September 21, 2018
Khalid Al Qassimi and Chris Patterson also made it to the end of the rally, as their feeling in the car improved throughout the leg
Buoyed by an increasingly good feeling in the C3 WRC and with the car easy to drive, the Emirati driver ended the weekend pleased that he had made progress.
“I adopted a thoughtful approach to my driving, carefully avoiding the stones, to make it to the end. This has been one of the hardest rallies I have ever done. The team finished on a positive note and that’s the main thing”, Al Qassimi commented.
Another source of satisfaction for Citroen came from the private driver Simone Tempestini, who showed both the reliability and performance level of the C3 R5 in claiming eighth overall and second place in the WRC2 class. He finished behind a works crew, having grabbed one category stage win and set several top-three times. The result is the C3 R5’s third podium in the WRC2, following second and third positions in Corsica and Portugal.
?? The strong pace of the crews went unrewarded due to misfortunes all over the weekend. Check out our best of video! pic.twitter.com/9KfEJMNogz
— Citroën Racing (@CitroenRacing) September 17, 2018