Citroen Racing’s Sebastien Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena returned to stage action under rally 2 regulations on day three of the Tour De Corse at Rally Corsica. The Frenchman had a great day winning three of the afternoon’s six stages.
Speaking following the day of action, Loeb commented by saying:
It was a very good day for us – better than yesterday, in any case! I pushed like I know I can when I feel comfortable and I had plenty of confidence behind the wheel of my C3 WRC today. It’s really enjoyable to drive it on this surface. It is a balanced car, the engine works really well and I’m delighted to have set some really good times in the car throughout the leg.
Loeb goes into Sunday’s final day of action in 16th place overall.
It was an extremely disappointing day for Kris Meeke and Paul Neagle. The pair who were in second place overall behind Sebastien Ogier were forced to retire from the event and speaking following the action, Meeke commented by saying:
We were fighting for second and pushing really hard, absolutely on the limit. Unfortunately, something happened that has never happened before between Paul and me. He got the pace notes a bit mixed up, but that’s rallying. It’s the very first time that this has happened. We’ve gone off several times together in the past when it’s been my fault and not his. Look, we win together and we lose together. I’m sure we’ll bounce back from this very quickly.
Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar commented saying:
The highlight of the leg for me was obviously the three stage wins secured by Sébastien and Daniel, who proved once again just how competitive our C3 WRC is, even if the gaps were narrower today with our rivals. Their misfortune yesterday is therefore all the more regrettable. In any case, it is the mark of all truly great champions to manage to come back after such an incident re-motivated and then produce the kind of performance they did this morning. Obviously, we’re disappointed about Kris and Paul’s mistake, because it is a very costly one and means we miss out on a potential podium at a rally where we had serious hopes of a strong result.