Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle chose their tyres well and produced a flawless performance to end day one in second position in the overall standings, 38.8s behind the leader.
The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s holds second place in the Manufacturers’ World Championship standings after Monte-Carlo.
Citroën and Rally de Portugal.
The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team stays in second place in the Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship after the Mexican round.
Swapping gravel jumps for tight blacktop junctions, the squad is keen to continue its recent success by challenging for a win at next week’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
With two third-place finishes already secured in Sweden and Portugal, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson went one better in Sardinia as they ended the rally as runners-up.
Rough, mountain tracks with blistering temperatures, this is an event which demands brains as well as brawn in pursuit of victory
With just over sixty kilometres of timed stages, day one of Rally Sweden was the shortest leg on this year’s calendar.
Thierry Neuville finished the event in fourth position with Evgeny Novikov fifth, Mads Østberg sixth and Hayden Paddon completing his competitive debut in a new-generation world rally car in eighth place respectively.
Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson ended day one of Rally de Portugal in fourth place in the overall standings.
Having started joint fifth overall this morning, Mads Østberg moved ahead of Mikko Hirvonen and Ott Tanak to grab third place at Rally Sweden.
Third overall ahead of tomorrow’s short final leg of Rally de Portugal, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson will be aiming to secure another podium finish with the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.