Citroen determined to finish the WRC season on a high

Citroen determined to finish the WRC season on a high

Citroen, Mads Ostberg
photo: Citroen

Following its recent victory last time out at Rally Catalunya, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT’s line-up for the final event of the year ‘down under’ features Craig Breen – Scott Martin and Mads Østberg – Torstein Eriksen. The crews will be aiming to maintain the improving form shown by the team in the second half of the season.

Pierre Budar, Citroen Racing Team Principal

“After being rewarded for our constant efforts by our recent win in Catalonia, the entire team is determined to finish the season on a high on this overseas round. This is especially true given that last year we were pretty competitive on the first appearance of the C3 WRC in Australia. We’ll be hoping that the weather is kind to us on the opening leg and that we can also take advantage of our position in the running order to make the most of our opportunity.”

Mads Østberg

“Although I missed this round last season, I’m delighted to be competing here again. Especially as I know the stages well, given that they don’t change that much from year to year. It’s a fast event, really enjoyable to drive. I’ve always been quick here, even though a bit of bad luck on occasions has meant that results haven’t always reflected my speed. I haven’t driven my C3 WRC for a little while now. But I hope that I’ll adjust to it again as quickly as possible. With our road position, in theory, we have a very good chance to do something here. It’s up to us now to make the most of the opportunity.”

Craig Breen

“Although last year was my first appearance here in Australia, I had good speed on the stages. Until, unfortunately, I got caught out by a heavy downpour on Sunday’s leg. This year, some older sections from 2014 to 2016 have been brought back into the itinerary. But I love this rally and I’ll be doing everything possible to compensate for my lack of knowledge of the stages. I have high hopes that I’ll be on the pace. Given that it includes parts of stages used in the rally, the shakedown is really representative. So it should help us get our bearings.”