Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle had a podium finish in Rally Australia taking third on the WRC event which also seen Sebastien Ogier claim a third successive drivers title.
Co Tyrone's Meeke admitted he had no answer to the pace of the Polo Rs on Sunday. Having started just three-tenths of a second behind Ogier courtesy of better road conditions in the opening two legs, he quickly fell back and looked set to concede third to Andreas Mikkelsen.
However, Mikkelsen checked in to Sunday’s mid-leg service late and a 10sec penalty gave Meeke the breathing space he needed in Citroën’s DS 3. He eventually finished 5.9sec ahead of the Norwegian to end a depressing sequence of results.
"I've enjoyed my weekend. It's been good to find the rhythm over a whole weekend. Everybody knows there have been a few mistakes creeping in recently, so I'm very happy. And hats off to the Volkswagens." Meeke said.
It's was the Citroën pairs first podium since their win in Argentina in April.
Ogier won the three-day gravel road event in New South Wales by 12.3sec from Volkswagen Polo R team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala to secure the crown with three rounds remaining.
Volkswagen’s 1-2 also secured a third straight manufacturers’ crown for the German squad.