TARGET ACHIEVED FOR CRAIG

21st May 2017

TARGET ACHIEVED FOR CRAIG
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Contested on roads around Fafe, Rally de Portugal’s short final leg had no bearing on the overall standings. Craig and Scott ended the event as the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT's highest-placed crew, finishing fifth overall. All four of the team's Citroën C3 WRCs made it to the end of the season's sixth round.



- Following two long days, the third and final leg was more like a sprint finish, featuring four short stages contested without a service break. The famous Fafe stage was contested twice, the second pass serving as the Power Stage.





- Once again, Craig lack of experience in Portugal showed. Unlike his direct rivals, the Irishman was competing on these stages for the first time. Since he held a healthy lead over his nearest challenger, he could afford to take his time in getting his bearings. 





- After this final stage, Craig and Scott claimed yet another fifth place, just as they did in Monte-Carlo, Sweden and at the Tour de Corse. The Anglo-Irish crew lie seventh in the Drivers’ World Championship.



Craig

"It looks like I've signed up for fifth place for the season! It's been another good weekend for us. We were one of the fastest on Friday and in all likelihood, we would have led the overall standings had we not hit a rock and broken a damper on SS7. We had a little bit more difficulty matching the pace of the leading cars on the next two days. I think there were several factors at play, but it was mainly down to my lack of knowledge of the stages and not having such a good starting position. We'll keep working and try to do even better in Sardinia."

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