Ireland’s Craig Breen further improved his chances of a WRC drive with Citroen next season after finishing fifth at the Tour de Corse.
Breen’s success this year, including a third-placed finish at Rally Finland, gives Citroen Racing boss Yves Matton plenty to think about as he considers a second driver to partner Dungannon’s Kris Meeke when the manufacturer makes a full-time return to the WRC in 2017.
But Waterford man Breen won’t be distracted from the job in hand, saying: “We’ve got two more rallies to go this year and that’s all we’re concentrating on now, we’ll see what happens.”
He added: “I’m really, really happy with how the weekend has been. We’ve shown some really strong speed when we’ve needed to, so I’m quite happy now.”
WRC Radio's Colin Clark was far more bullish though, saying: “He is driving this car straight into that garage with a number 2 above it. He’s doing everything!
“He was battling with Latvala, he was battling with Mikkelsen.
“He was battling with the guys at the top, and what you know is those boys are pretty much as good as they’re going to be on tarmac – they were driving as well as they could – whereas with Breen you know he can only get better.”
Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier sealed a first victory in Corsica.
The Frenchman, bidding for his fourth world rally drivers' championship, led the three-day race round the Mediterranean island from start to finish and was unchallenged over almost 400km of the mountainous route.
After dominating to build a comfortable lead after the opening leg, Ogier was able to measure his pace in the Volkswagen Polo R to negotiate wet conditions and win by 46.4 seconds.
The 32-year-old, who leads the drivers' standings, was joined on the podium by team mate and closest challenger Andreas Mikkelsen while Thierry Neuville split the two Polo R drivers by finishing second in his Hyundai i20.