Citroen Racing’s Kris Meeke and his co-driver took the team’s first win with the new C3 WRC on Sunday at Rally Mexico.
Meeke dominated the event winning five stages including the penultimate speed stage while Stephane Lefebrve set an excellent third fastest time on the stage. During Sunday’s final stage of the event, Meeke went off the road with the C3 WRC going through through a hedge and ending up in a spectator car park!
Speaking following his victory, Meeke commented by saying:
I think I might end up telling this story hundreds of times… I’m annoyed with myself for making that mistake. The car went wide after a big compression and we were very lucky. I quickly looked to get back on the road because I knew we could still win. That’s the main thing: we showed the potential of the Citroën C3 WRC in securing the car’s first win. I’m proud and delighted for the entire team, this result is for them.
Speaking following the event, Citroen Racing Team Prinicipal Yves Matton commented by saying:
What happened in the Power Stage is almost beyond belief, even if this kind of thing has occurred before. At the time, there was some confusion as to what had happened; the onboard footage made it look like there had been a major off whereas the tracking system indicated that the car was still moving. When the car crossed the finishing line, we were absolutely thrilled and all the tension and drama just slipped away! This first win on gravel shows that the C3 WRC has some very solid foundations and that the Citroën Racing team did a good job during its development. We’ll now be able to work in a slightly more relaxed manner as we look to keep improving.
Stephane Lefebvre ended the event in 15th place and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
We have picked up a lot of experience this weekend. Even today, being eleventh on the road meant I had the same grip as the leaders and I was able to get a feel for what the car can do in these conditions. Well done to Kris, Paul and the whole team; this win is a special moment for Citroën Racing.
Craig Breen will return for the next rally in Corsica when the team will field three C3 WRC’s for the first time in the 2017 World Rally Championship.
(Video courtesy of Citroen Racing via youtube.com)