Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT quotes ahed of Tour de Corse - Itinerary

CitroŽn Total Abu Dhabi WRT quotes ahed of Tour de Corse - Itinerary

30.03.2018: WHAT THEY SAID Pierre Budar, CitroŽn Racing Team Principal "Following two consecutive podium finishes in Sweden and




WHAT THEY SAID


Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal




"Following two consecutive podium finishes in Sweden and in Mexico, we are going to pull out all the stops in Corsica to secure our first win of the year. In any case, we have given ourselves every chance with a four-day test session in Corsica, which proved to be very positive.



Having said all that, it's still a race – and one of the toughest on the WRC calendar at that – with many variables and uncertainties, especially as regards the weather at this time of year. But Kris and Paul proved last year that they have the ability to win here, and after their masterful display in Mexico, I don't see how Sébastien and Daniel won't be in the mix, especially at an event where they have been always been impressive in the past."




Kris Meeke


"The Tour de Corse is one hell of a challenge, with many difficulties, but I've always enjoyed racing here. We were very competitive here last year, although we have seen since the start of the season that everyone has made progress, but I hope we can still get among the frontrunners.



Our pre-event tests, held on a wide variety of roads, were very productive. I get the feeling that we have progressed further on the dirty and bumpy sections. In any case, I came away from my test sessions pleased with the work done and I can't wait now to get started!"


Number of appearances at the event: 6
Best result: 4th (2015)





Sébastien Loeb


"Having recently driven the C3 WRC on gravel, I got my bearings very quickly during our tests in Corsica, even though the road surface was different. I started with Kris' basic set-up and settled upon something very close to his settings pretty quickly, but which suited me. The feeling was pretty good at the end of my testing days.



We'll have to wait and see where we stand in relation to everyone else. After our performance in Mexico, I hope we will be on the pace again, especially as I've always been comfortable on tarmac, not least in Corsica. In any case, it's a place and an event that I have always enjoyed, even if it's certainly not the easiest rally.



 The roads are apparently faster than when I last competed here, although there are still plenty of narrow, technical and bumpy stages, but they are all going to be new for me so it won't be easy to make pace notes for the entire route."



Number of appearances at the event: 9
Best result: 1st (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
 



TOUR DE CORSE SCHEDULE (GMT+2)
 


THURSDAY 5 APRIL


8.00am: Shakedown (Sorbo Ocagnano)
6.30pm: Ceremonial start Bastia – Place Saint Nicolas
 


FRIDAY 6 APRIL



8.00am: Start in Bastia – Place Saint Nicolas
8.40am: Service A (Bastia airport – 15')
9.50am: SS 1 – La Porta – Valle di Rostino 1 (49,03 km)
11.09am: SS 2 – Piedigriggio – Pont de Castirla 1 (13,55 km)
1.47pm: Service B (Bastia airport – 30')
3.12pm: SS 3 – La Porta – Valle di Rostino 2 (49,03 km)
4.31pm: SS 4 – Piedigriggio – Pont de Castirla 2 (13,55 km)
7.01pm: Flexi service C (Bastia airport – 45')


 
SATURDAY 7 APRIL



6.10am: Start of day 2 and service D (Bastia airport – 15')
7.37am: SS 5 – Cagnano – Pino – Canari 1 (35,61 km)
9.18am: SS 6 – Désert des Agriates 1 (15,45 km)
11.08am: SS 7 – Novella 1 (17,39 km)
1.31pm: Service E (Bastia airport – 30')
3.21pm: SS 8 – Cagnano – Pino – Canari 2 (35,61 km)
5.02pm: SS 9 – Désert des Agriates 2 (15,45 km)
6.39pm: SS 10 – Novella 2 (17,39 km)
8.10pm: Flexi service F (Bastia airport – 45')
 



SUNDAY 8 APRIL

7.00am: Start of day 3 and service G (Bastia airport – 15’)
9.23am: SS 11 – Vero – Sarrola – Carcopino (55,17 km)
12.18pm: SS 12 – Pénitencier de Coti-Chiavari (16,25 km)
1.33pm: Finish (Ajaccio, avenue de Paris)
3.00pm: Podium (Ajaccio, place du Diamant)



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