CRAIG BREEN CLAIMS FINE FOURTH PLACE
Craig Breen and Scott Martin produced a battling final day performance to clinch a richly deserved fourth place. Meanwhile, Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen had to settle for eighth overall, a position that did not reflect their strong pace this weekend.
With just 13.5s between the top four, today's final leg promised to be very hotly contested, especially as the day began with the brand new Elsi stage (10.06km), a really narrow, technical and muddy test…
In conditions like these, it's never easy to really go for it but Craig Breen, starting the day 1.7s behind the third-placed driver, decided to be bold. After a good opening stage, he was unfortunately caught out by the slippery conditions on the next speed test (SS20) and made a small mistake. He nonetheless managed to hang onto fourth position until the end of the event, securing a fine result for Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT in a C3 WRC that once again proved to be fast and reliable.
Also engaged in a no-holds-barred battle for fifth place, Mads Østberg vigorously attempted to hold off his rivals. Further proof, if any were needed, that Citroën was very competitive this weekend. However, a spin on SS22 meant that he dropped down the standings, finishing in eighth place due to the very narrow gaps between the drivers.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I'm pleased with my weekend, I really gave it everything this morning but the other guys were just faster than us. It was important to get a result for the team. I'm now going to try and build on it and keep the momentum going at the last couple of rallies so we can finish the season as strongly as possible. And given that I have a bit of preference for tarmac, I'm already really looking forward to Spain!"
"Although we had a few difficulties putting it all together, we had some very good stages this weekend, winning one speed test and setting several other good times. We never gave up and tried to stay in touch with the leading crews. It's a shame that we were a little bit unlucky today. A minor mistake has ended up proving very costly."
FINAL PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION
- Ogier / Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC)
- Latvala / Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +10.6
- Lappi / Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +35.1
- Breen / Martin (Citroën C3 WRC) +1:10.4
- Neuville / Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:14.4
- Mikkelsen / Jaeger (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:15.9
- Paddon / Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:18.4
- Ostberg / Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC) +1:21.6
DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
- Thierry Neuville – 189 points
- Sébastien Ogier – 182 points
- Ott Tänak – 168 points
- Esapekka Lappi – 104 points
- Jari-Matti Latvala – 98 points
- Andreas Mikkelsen – 83 points
- Dani Sordo – 60 points
- Craig Breen – 59 points
- Hayden Paddon – 55 points
- Temu Suninen – 54 points
- Elfyn Evans – 53 points
- Mads Ostberg – 52 points
MANUFACTURERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
- Toyota Gazoo Racing – 317 points
- Hyundai WRT – 297 points
- M-Sport Ford WRT – 273 points
- Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT – 187 points