Two things he made clear Yves Matton to the beginning of the season. The first is that Citroën Racing no racing as official team in the season 2016 for the WRC to have more freedom in the test development of the Citroën C3 WRC 2017. In the same way, the pattern of the team clarified that these test were going to dial the number of occurrences of competitive riders of the mark, always focused in Europe. However, the program itself tests the C3 WRC and the commercial interests of the brand have led to changing the initial plan. For this reason, Kris Meeke played the Rally of China.
Citroën has already announced that three of its riders will compete in the Rally of Finland, with Kris Meeke the spearhead of the French team in the fast sections of scandinavia. In this aspect, Meeke is one of the favorites to victory in Finland the whole time that the british can take advantage of its delayed position of output and factor the cleaning of the sections to fight for the win, as he got in the Rally of Portugal. In addition to the irish, Craig Breen and Khalid Al-Qassimi are the other two drivers nominated for the rally fastest of the season.
All in all, none of the drivers of Citroën Racing will
the Rally of Germany, being this test the great victim of this change of plans. The French firm wants to take advantage of the period of more than a month
among the appointments in Finland and China for to intensify testing with the
Citroen C3 WRC 2017, by virtue of a period optimal to undertake these tests
having no major obligations at logistic level to their pilots
compete. In this way, Kris Meeke will travel to the Rally of China as the only pilot
Citroën with the aim of giving the greatest possible visibility to the brand in a strategic market
for the PSA Group.