Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen was second fastest in the shakedown stage of Rally Sweden on Thursday morning ahead of the opening stage of the event this evening. The Irishman, driving the new C3 WRC for the first time commented by saying:

I took it pretty easily on the first run. And then I said to myself that I could push a bit more because the confidence was there. In the end, I set a good time and I’m very happy about it! I’m pleased with how recce went for us. The conditions of the roads themselves are better than they have been for a good few years. We just don’t have the snow banks! If you make a mistake, you can end up in a ditch pretty quickly…

Kris Meeke who was fourth fastest commented by saying:

 

I don’t think you can read too much into the results of the shakedown. With the new rules on tyre allocation, some drivers decided not to push. Personally speaking, I wanted to drive fast to confirm my feeling in the car. That’s what I did and I’m pleased with how it went. There are very good conditions on the roads. We now have to keep an eye on the sky and see if the snow begins to fall!

Stephane Lefebvre in the old DS3 ended the shakedown in eighth place and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:

We were especially comfortable in the slow, twisty section, because our car weaved through the series of corners easily. I was pretty calm on the first pass and then I decided to push a bit more on the next couple of runs. I feel confident in the car and we had a good recce, so I can’t wait to get started.

 

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