The old Citroen Racing DS3 ended the Rallye Monte Carlo as the lead car from the French manufacturer as Ireland’s Craig Breen ended the event in fifth place overall and speaking following the rally he commented by saying:

The conditions were unbelievably difficult. I guess that’s why the Col de Turini has become such an iconic test! I did wonder whether or not to go with the snow tyres for the final test, but I kept the slicks and it became more and more difficult the further we went on the stage. But we managed to make it to the end and stay in the top five, which is a great result.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Citroen wit the C3 as Stephane Lefebvre took victory in stage 15 and ended the rally in ninth place overall. Speaking following the event he commented by saying:

The rally finished a lot better than it started! It was a morale-boosting finish to the rally with two good times, including a stage win on the Col de Turini. We made the right call on tyre choice and I felt confident in conditions that I know well. At the same time, I didn’t want to take any risks because it was important to make sure we scored points for the team.

Kris Meeke missed out on completing the rally as he was forced to retire from the event. Speaking following the Rally Monte Carlo, Citroen Team Principal Yves Matton commented by saying:

We were expecting a better result from this rally, especially after testing, which seemed to go well. After a weekend that didn’t go according to plan, the main things we can be pleased about are the consistent performance and pace of Craig, and the times set by Stéphane on the final day. That shows that the C3 WRC has genuine potential. It wasn’t our rally, but we still feel positive about the upcoming rallies, starting in Sweden.

 

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