The one-two finish at Turkey allows the French crew to move back into serious contention for the drivers' and co-drivers' world titles.
Citroen's crews secured an excellent one-two finish at thes Rally Turkey, whilst Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia scored three extra points with the third fastest time on the Power Stage. As the Citroen Total World Rally Team arrived for the final stages, the tactics were fairly straightforward.
The impressively fast and robust C3 WRC propelled the French team's return to the front of the competition Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm's job was to maintain a decent pace so as to secure second place and avoid the risk of being caught out. Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia needed to confirm their pace notes on Marmaris, the day's opening speed test that would also be used as the Power Stage. They then had to look after their tyres on the next two stages so they could push as much as possible on the final test in the hope of collecting a few bonus points.
This one-two finish is the Citroen Total World Rally Team's first such result since the 2015 Rally Argentina and is the team's third win this season, following victories in Monte-Carlo and Mexico. It also marks the team's ninth and tenth podiums of the year. This weekend's impressive result signals the French team's return to the front with an impressively fast and robust C3 WRC and illustrates its determination to fight all the way in the championship.
The result is excellent news for Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, who move back up to second in the standings, just 17 points behind the leaders, with up to ninety points left up for grabs in the three remaining rounds of the season.