Citroen C3 WRC heads for the hills

Citroen C3 WRC heads for the hills

30.03.2018: After two winter rallies and one on gravel, CitroŽn Total Abu Dhabi WRT is back on tarmac for its home round of the World Rally Championship

After two winter rallies and one on gravel, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT is back on tarmac for its home round of the World Rally Championship.




Kris Meeke – Paul Nagle and Sébastien Loeb – Daniel Elena, the latter crew making the second of their three scheduled appearances in the WRC this year, are determined to be among the frontrunners at one of the most iconic events on the calendar.





A TRIED AND TESTED DUO




The first full tarmac rally of the season, the Tour de Corse has often been dominated by specialists of the surface. Its technically-demanding stages call for finesse, precision and even a little virtuosity behind the wheel in order to get the absolute maximum from the tyres, without ruining them in the process.



With Kris Meeke – Paul Nagle, who led for long periods in last year's rally, and Sébastien Loeb – Daniel Elena, who have claimed four (2005 to 2008) of the brand's six wins at the event during its inclusion in the WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT is particularly well equipped to challenge at this, the 61st edition of the classic island race. The team has genuine hopes of winning in Corsica.



Until he retired last year, Kris Meeke had won three out of the five stages contested up to that point. Since then, he has also claimed a magnificent win at the 2017 Rally de Catalunya, which suggests that his C3 WRC is very fast on tarmac and that he is at one with the car on this surface.



However, Sébastien Loeb will not be expecting to be left out. After his spectacular comeback last month at Rally Mexico, the nine-time World Rally Champion – whose last outing on full tarmac in the WRC goes back to the Rallye de France-Alsace 2013 – returns to Corsica and a surface that he loves driving on, and on which he has often enjoyed success in the past.



He certainly didn't need any time to get used to the surface again during the test session held in Corsica last week. The test also enabled the team to assess its range of set-up options for the various types of surface encountered on the island's atypical roads.



NEW STAGES


Having not competed in Corsica since 2008, Sébastien's main problem, however, will be refamiliarising himself with all the stages. In contrast, Kris Meeke and the other championship regulars are already familiar with around thirty-six percent of the itinerary, namely the opening stage, La Porta – Valle di Rostino (49.03km), Novella (17.39km) and around seven kilometres on Vero – Sarrola – Carcopino (55.17km), Sunday's heavyweight challenge.



One of the special features of this year's Tour de Corse is the fact that some sixty-three percent of the stages has been changed, with the introduction of brand new speed tests in Cap Corse and Désert des Agriates, located to the north and west of Bastia respectively. And with the rally held in early April on the hilly Mediterranean island, the weather may also have a role to play…
 



KEY FIGURES


12 timed stages covering a total of 333.48 km


55.17 km for Vero – Sarrola – Carcopino, the longest stage of the rally


6 overall wins secured by Citroën at the Tour de Corse in the WRC: Philippe Bugalski in 1999 (Xsara Kit-Car), Jesus Puras in 2001 (Xsara WRC), Sébastien Loeb in 2005 and 2006 (Xsara WRC), 2007 and 2008 (C4 WRC)


63.75 % of the competitive distance is new compared with 2017
 




A RALLY, A CHALLENGE


Long stages


At an event known as "The Rally of 10,000 Corners" due to the island's narrow, twisty roads, having two stages forty-nine and fifty-five kilometres in length represents a serious challenge. It is mainly during recce that the task will be most difficult for the crews.



They will need to take pace notes for a seemingly endless series of more than six hundred corners, keeping the same level of concentration whilst driving at moderate speed for more than an hour at a time. In the race, the challenge will be to find the right pace immediately, and then maintain it until the end of the rally.



To manage this, you need to adopt a driving style – and a set-up – that looks after the front tyres, or risk seeing the seconds inexorably slip away…
 


CITROËN SECRETS


Coco Chiaroni, the team's recce and weather coordinator, recalls…


"For almost six years, every time the Tour de Corse comes round, I can't help but think about the late Philippe Bugalski. Since I retired from competitive action, I've had many great experiences at "my" event, especially in 2005 when Seb and Danos won all the stages on their way to their maiden win in Corsica, but it nothing comes close to what I felt when we won here for the first time with 'Bug' in 1999 in the Xsara Kit-Car.



Surprisingly, at the time, it was the earlier win in Spain that I thought was more special in my opinion, because it was Citroën's first ever victory in the WRC, and our first ever World Championship win too, added to which it was secured outside of France. But looking back, our win in Corsica was particularly special for me.



That year, we had been leading going into the final stage on Saturday, held next to Corte, where it had started to rain. Jesus Puras, our team-mate, had closed to within 6.3s. On Sunday morning, there were two stages left to run until the regroup in Propriano, and I said to 'Bug', "if we manage to match his pace until then, we'll have the race sewn up".



That's exactly what happened. At the regroup, Guy Fréquelin got us together and gave out team orders. A potential one-two finish was too important for the brand to risk losing. The result also went a long way towards persuading Citroën to commit to competing in the WRC full-time!"
 



 Elisa Decrignis -  photo Citroen

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30.03.2018 / MaP

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