Citroën Racing is back. After a peculiar 2016, in which the company had no official presence as a team to develop the Citroën C3 WRC, the French brand returns to the World with a renewed impetus. With a targeted project to 100% in the World Rally after leaving the WTCC, the Rally Monte carlo is the starting point of a new era for a manufacturer who wants to be the rival to beat. To achieve this account, with Kris Meeke, Stéphane Lefebvre and Craig Breen, as well as a new Citroën C3 WRC which seems to be very competitive.
Kris Meeke is the tip of the spear of Citroën and shall prove it from the first moment. It will not be easy in a Monte carlo Rally which has been held eight times, but has only reached the podium on one occasion. It was in 2014, his first full campaign as a pilot of Citroën: “We have approached the point where we should be ready to start the year in the best possible conditions. it is Never easy to compete in the Rally of Monetcarlo, so we will have to keep our heads concentrated, mainly in the choice of tires“.
In this aspect, Kris Meeke has shown cautious: “despite all of the work we have done during the test to acquire data and find out if a particular address is correct, in the end it’s hard to pick. All in all, Citroën Racing has a great amount of experience that you can make use. For this first rally, my aim is quite simple. I want to be relaxed and enjoy myself and my riding in the car. As everyone says, and with reason, anything can happen in the Rally Montecarlo“.
Stéphane Lefebvre will be responsible to drive the second Citroën C3 WRC available in the Monte carlo Rally. The frenchman was fifth in 2016 in a survival exercise: “little by Little, the final judgment is about. Out of jokes, the future that we’ve been talking about for months is already here, it is the present. We talked about all sorts of things with the engineers, every day, with the goal of improving every detail in the car. Nothing has been left to the tsar, and it’s fascinating to be in the middle of all this. Let’s get to it”.
With three participations at the Rally Monte carlo on his shoulders, Stéphane Lefebvre bet for a few goals similar to those of his companion: “It’s the first rally, so the goal is to finish in a good position and score as many points as possible for Citroën. I still have little experience at the controls of the Citroen C3 WRC and I can not go ahead of events. I have to try to understand the car in every race condition, before trying to fly to the limit. I think we’re all on the same point, to a certain extent, with a remarkable number of unknowns in all areas“.