Kris Meeke is the rider of reference of Citroën Racing in his return to the WRC and as such he served during the presentation of the new Citroën C3 WRC 2017, a vehicle with which the French firm hopes to return to be the team to beat. A machine that has been developed in the last few months by the engineers of Citroen, who have used all their previous experience in the rallies -and also what you learned in the WTCC – to create a vehicle that many point to as the strongest of the four World Rally Cars that will debut in the next Monte carlo Rally.
despite this work, Kris Meeke believes that the role of the pilots will be more important with these new World Rally Cars: “The car of 2017 is a machine exciting and is a significant step with regard to 2016″. The three times winner of a rally on the WRC also added: “we Know what that implies changes of regulation, but in the end as you have to run to the maximum on a beast like this, you really have to enter your in game, in every meter, to keep up. For me, the human factor will be crucial in 2017, because in some places it will be very difficult to extract the potential of these cars, sometimes they are very fast”.
The pilot in northern ireland knows what he’s talking about. However, Kris Meeke has led the development of the Citroën C3 WRC, closing the year with a recent test of preparation for the Rally Monte carlo. A care job and very well planned, which however does not ensure the success of Citroën Racing, as acknowledged by the pilot of Ulster: “We have been working hard in the test, but you can never say anything until you get to the competition and see how are the other drivers and cars. I’m happy, we’ve done a good job, but there’s always that to think that we don’t know where we are in reference to our rivals“.
A comparison of that will come in the Monte carlo Rally, Citroën Racing will debut in the first round of the championship with two units of the Citroen C3 WRC will be piloted by the own Kris Meeke and by the frenchman Stéphane Lefebvre. This decision causes among other things that Craig Breen has to come through this test at the wheel of a Citroën DS3 WRC 2016, in a program that will bring Lefebvre and Breen to alternate in the second unit of the C3 WRC until the third chassis is ready to face the Tour de Corse, fourth event of the calendar in 2017.