Three Rallies And Three Different Winners
Rally Mexico took place over the week representing round three of the 2017 World Rally Championship.
Citroen Racing’s Kris Meeke took his and Citroen’s first win of the season in the brand new C3 WRC and in doing so it marked the third different manufacturer winning a rally in 2017 with M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta winning in Monte Carlo in January.
Last month, Toyota Gazoo Racing took victory in Sweden with Jari-Matti Latvala taking victory in the Yaris WRC.
Speaking about Meeke’s win, Citroen Racing team principal Yves Matton stated:
The target was to be well placed for the next few days. “From Saturday onwards, when his road position was broadly similar to his direct rivals, he remained quick and was able to control the race from the front. And yet his knowledge of the Mexican stages was somewhat limited, having only previously competed here twice before this year. We also shouldn’t forget that he drove the entire rally with two spare tyres. We chose to play it safe with this more conservative approach and we’re pleased with the performance level achieved despite carrying the extra weight.”
“As regards Stéphane Lefebvre, he made a good start, with the kind of pace we had asked him to adopt. We didn’t want him to focus on pushing for fast times, but rather to gather as much experience as possible. “He applied himself very well before getting caught out on Saturday morning. He was really unlucky to find himself stuck right next to the road with no damage at all to the car! On Sunday morning, he was able to show how much has progressed with a road position similar to that of the leaders. He produced a great performance on SS18 to set the third fastest time, just behind the top two. He showed that he could be fast on this surface, despite also being very short on experience at this rally.
Citroen will have three C3 WRC’s in action at Rally Corsica next month with Craig Breen returning after missing Rally Mexico.