Citroen Racing Team Principal Yves Matton was delighted with the performances of his drivers Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre over the course of Rally Sweden over the weekend.
Breen competing in the new C3 WRC for the first time at the weekend followed up his fifth place finish in the season opening Monte Carlo rally with a fifth place finish in Sweden. The Waterford native heads to the next event in Mexico next month in fifth place in the championship and is the highest placed Citroen driver.
Stephane Lefebvre finished Rally Sweden in eighth place following a strong event in last years DS3 WRC.
Kris Meeke in the second C3 WRC had a tougher event compared to his team mate’s as he finished the event in 12th place 10:28.7 behind winner Jari Matti Latvala. Speaking in his debrief following round two of the 2017 World Rally Championship, Citroen Racing Team Principal Yves Matton commented by saying:
We can take some satisfaction from having had perfect reliability this weekend. “Craig and Stéphane hit the targets we had set them, so they made a substantial contribution to the positive aspect of the weekend. Craig managed to show good speed at those points when he felt more comfortable in the car and adopt a more measured approach at other times, when necessary. Stéphane learned about managing a race like this in a wide variety of conditions. It’s a positive result for him, considering his limited experience on snow.”
“It was a more mixed weekend for Kris. He had a few difficulties feeling entirely at ease in the car on the variety of road surfaces faced. In these conditions, it’s not easy to develop your confidence. “There’s a good chance the situation will be different in Mexico, where the road surface is more consistent throughout the rally.
Rally Mexico takes place from March 9-12 and will be live on BT Sport.