Conceived as an opportunity to hone the C3 WRC's setup before three days of testing specifically for Rally Finland next week, Citroën Total World Rally Team's non-WRC appearance in Estonia served its intended purpose by yielding some invaluable lessons for the team.

Having come to Estonia for a full-scale test session in preparation for Finland (1-4 August), Citroën Total World Rally Team took advantage of the rapid local stages (with the average speed reaching 141.4 kph in SS 14 - Saverna) to prepare calmly and methodically for what awaits them in the next round of the WRC in Jyväskylä.

While the team tried out various technical options (geometry, shock absorbers, differentials) on the C3 WRC, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm gradually upped their performance levels in what was only their second appearance at the venue. They had their sights set on second spot at one stage, but fell victim to a loose tyre after hitting a bump on SS 13 and had to settle for third in the end. They also clocked the second fastest time, after the local boy Ott Tänak, untouchable in his car developed precisely for this kind of track.