Kris Meeke set off second on the road, with the unenviable task of sweeping loose gravel off the racing line. His sole aim was to make it to the finish and pick up some more experience. Despite rejoining under Rally 2 regulations on Saturday morning, he managed to score two points for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.
The last four stages were above all a great opportunity for Mads Østberg to claim his best result to date in the Citroën DS3 WRC. Having opted for a different tyre strategy to his main rivals (two soft and four hard Michelin tyres as opposed to five hard tyres for the other competitors), the Norwegian snuffed out any hope of a comeback for Jari-Matti Latvala to head into the final kilometres without any pressure.
Fifth in the Power Stage, he held onto second position in the final overall standings. This, his third podium finish in five races, means he now holds third place on his own in the Drivers' World Championship standings after six of the thirteen rounds.
Increasingly confident thanks to the work carried out with the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team engineers, Khalid Al Qassimi also recorded his best result of the season as he took tenth place, picking up one point.
The next round of the WRC will be held on 26-9 June in Poland. You can see the new Citroën DS3 and DS3 Cabrio range at Hartwell Abingdon, Bath, Grimsby, Kildington and Scunthorpe.