Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen is on course to pounce on a podium place going into the final day of Tour De Corse as the Irishman leading the teams charge, the Waterford native goes into the final day in fifth place overall.
Speaking following his day, Breen stated:
The Tour de Corse is undoubtedly the worst place in the world to lose the intercom! We nonetheless managed not to lose too much time on SS6. This afternoon, there was a bit more pressure on my shoulders after Kris and Stéphane’s retirements. I kept out of trouble and I’m still within striking distance of Jari-Matti Latvala. We’ll see tomorrow if we are able to go after fourth place.
Kris Meeke was forced to retire from the event and speaking following his frustrating day he stated:
Obviously, this is not the outcome I was hoping for, but it’s part and parcel of the sport. In order for a car to go as fast as possible, there are tens of people who work on thousands of parts… and sometimes, it doesn’t work quite as it should. In any event, this weekend has given me a huge confidence boost for the future. It was really special to lead this rally, which I think is the most difficult tarmac event. We know that our C3 WRC can win on all surfaces and that’s what we’ll try to do in Argentina, and then in Portugal and everywhere else.
Stephane Lefebvre commented on his day by saying:
We didn’t hit the wall that hard, but hard enough to break part of the suspension. We tried to repair it so we could keep driving in the afternoon and pick up more experience. Unfortunately, we arrived at the time control after the maximum thirty-minute limit and were therefore excluded. We’ll be back under Rally2 rules tomorrow. I’ll try to restart at a good pace in order to leave Corsica on a positive note.
Yves Matton, Team Principal of Citroen Racing commented on Saturday’s action by saying:
Kris’ retirement, whilst he was leading, is obviously a huge disappointment for the whole team. But it’s part and parcel of motorsport and we now have to identify the cause of the problem to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We remain positive, because we have shown the very high level of performance of the Citroën C3 WRC on tarmac. Tomorrow, Craig and Stéphane will be aiming to make it to the finish to score points towards the Manufacturers’ World Championship. Craig is less than two seconds off fourth place, so he has a chance to move further up the standings.