The Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRC team endured a mixed time on day 3 of Rallye Monte Carlo, the opening round of the 2018 World Rally Championship.
Kris Meeke ended the day in sixth place overall and speaking following his day, the Northern Irishman commented by saying:
Snow is forecast for the rest of the rally and when it comes, it might just shake everything up, so I hope that it works in our favour! Although it’s not quite perfect yet, I’m pleased to have got a better feeling in the car this afternoon, especially as the level of grip was particularly low, with a lot of rain, mud and patches of blacktop.
Craig Breen endured a tough day in the second C3 WRC as the Waterford native lost time in the morning session after suffering a brake issue which meant that he lost a lot of time on his run and ended the day in 10th place.
The Waterford native will be hoping to bounce back on Saturday. Breen commented by saying:
We didn’t have a lot of luck this morning with the brake issue. It has never happened to me before, but it ruined our loop. The afternoon was much better, particularly with the good time on SS7, although it’s really difficult to get among the leaders when you’re driving on stages at full racing speed for the first time. I hope we manage to make the most of our strengths in the conditions tomorrow, which are expected to be really tough again.
Newly appointed Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar commented by saying:
Obviously, I’m disappointed for Craig, who deserved better. After his problems, we decided to concentrate our efforts on the future, the aim now being for Craig to get as many miles as possible under his belt whilst we focus on improving the set-up. I’m pleased to finally see Kris gradually grow in confidence, and move back up the standings. We are going to try to keep moving in this direction, whilst remaining ready to seize any opportunities that may come our way.