Kris Meeke Flies The Flag For Citroën In Rally Argentina | Hartwell Citroen

With a firm grip on third position since Friday, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle pursued their clearly-defined strategy of avoiding making any mistakes to secure their second podium finish of the season in the Citroën DS3 WRC.

After a difficult couple of rounds in the WRC, Meeke reward the team's faith in him by piloting his DS3 to the podium. It was the first time a Citroene hadn't been on the top step of the podium in a decade.

After finishing a particularly foggy final power-stage, Kris Meeke said: "I was determined to get a good result at this Rally Argentina. I focussed on driving as precisely as possible so as to not take any risks. I used every second I had to make sure of getting across the finish line. It was difficult but this is a fantastic result. I would like to dedicate it to everyone in the team. They put a lot of faith in me, so I owed them one!"

Following this, the fifth round of the WRC, Mads Østberg shares third place (on 48 points) in the World Rally Championship Drivers' standings. Kris Meeke's podium finish moves him up to sixth position, with 32 points. The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team consolidates its second position in the Manufacturers' standings.

Having hurt his hand with a kick-back through the steering on SS9 yesterday afternoon, Mads Østberg began today's leg trying to drive through the pain barrier. However, with his injury preventing him from racing properly, the Norwegian decided – with the agreement of the team – to retire after SS12. It was a rally to forget for Østberg, having to retire early on the first day following an accident.