Having amassed eight podium finishes throughout the course of the 12 rounds to date, the UK-based team will be determined to add to that tally next week.
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul secured the runner-up spot for the third event in succession and strengthened their hold on second position in the championship’s driver and co-driver standings.
A fantastic weekend for M-Sport was rounded off with victory for the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in the WRC 2 class.
Like most of their competitors, the M-Sport Ford Fiesta drivers had a rough day in Rally Italia Sardegna.
Qatar World Rally Team’s Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul delivered their second podium of the year.
Qatar World Rally Team’s Thierry Neuville climbed into a podium position today
Qatar M-Sport Team Principal Malcolm Wilson: “We have seen some impressive drives from our young crews this weekend with both Mads [Østberg] and Evgeny [Novikov] capable of challenging for the podium."
Evgeny Novikov and Qatar World Rally Team’s Nasser Al-Attiyah brought their Ford Fiesta RS WRCs home in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Ogier nets hat-trick for the 3rd round of the 2013 World Rally Championship season. Hirvonen in his Citroen DS3 placed second followed by Latvala in his VW Polo R.
Both Thierry Neuville and Elfyn Evans were forced to retire for the day.
In the Qatar World Rally Team squad, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul encountered somewhat better fortune as they continued to grow in both speed and confidence.
Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia dominated the winter rally in Sweden from qualifying to three days of tricky conditions. They topped it off by taking the Power Stage win for a clean sweep.
Mads Østberg moved to fourth overall as he controlled his pace perfectly on day two.
Volkswagen versus Citroen for the final battle for the Swedish Rally victory will take place tomorrow between the two 'Sebs' who were teammates last year.
Strong comeback for Østberg after Rally Sweden drama.