Citroen Racing head to the Tour De Course next weekend looking to build on their strong showing in Mexico last month which saw Kris Meeke take victory in the C3 WRC. It will be the first event this year that the French manufacturer will run three C3 WRC’s in an event and speaking ahead of the rally, Citroen Team Principal Yves Matton commented by saying:
For a French manufacturer, the Tour de Corse is clearly a very special event. In order to try and secure Citroën’s ninth win at the rally, we are entering three C3 WRCs for the first time this season. This means we can adopt a calmer approach to our race management and our young drivers will have a bit more freedom to define their strategy. After contesting last year’s rally, Kris and Craig will be able to use their experience since the itinerary is almost identical. Kris showed his potential on this surface and I think that he’ll be able to challenge at the front. Given that he didn’t race here last year, it wouldn’t be surprising if Stéphane was slightly off the pace. But he is very motivated to well at his home round!
Citroen Technical Director Laurent Fregosi commented by saying:
One of the things we learned from Rallye Monte-Carlo was the need to work on the suspension. During the four days of testing scheduled in Corsica last week, we therefore focused on this point, without however overlooking the other key areas, such as the differential mapping or the mix of tyres. At the end of the sessions, when we compared the initial set-up and the one defined during the week, the drivers highlighted the progress we had made. We now need to turn that progress into competitive results!
Rally Mexico winner Kris Meeke commented by saying:
For sure, we won in Mexico, but the Tour de Corse is a completely different kettle of fish. For me, this rally is the ultimate challenge on tarmac. Last year, I really enjoyed the stages and I would’ve been in contention for the win had I not made a minor mistake. I can’t say that I come into the rally full of confidence, but I’m very pleased with the work done in testing. We have a good car, with consistent handling. In the rally itself, we’ll see if we are close to our full potential. I can’t wait to get started, I’m expecting it to be very close at the front.
Craig Breen returns to the WRC after sitting out Rally Mexico and speaking ahead of next weeks event he stated:
I was surprised to learn that I’m the team’s most experienced driver at this rally! It’s true that I know the Tour de Corse very well and I really love racing here. There are some similarities with conditions in Ireland, like the unpredictable weather and the uneven surface of the roads, which are sometimes in poor condition… Last year, I had a good feeling on my first tarmac rally in a WRC. This year, I hope I’ll be able to put together a series of stages with a good level of confidence. It really is all about confidence with these new cars! If I can manage to do that, then we should secure a good result.
Stephane Lefebvre commented by saying:
Like Monte-Carlo or Finland, the Tour de Corse is one of the WRC’s unmissable rounds. I don’t have particularly fond memories from my appearance here in 2015. It was hell on earth with all the rain! I therefore still see myself as a rookie and I know that my lack of experience may be difficult to overcome. But I’ll be giving it 100% to try and secure the best result possible. Testing helped me to fine tune my driving on tarmac. The C3 WRC handles a little bit like a track racing car.