Citroën decided to leave the WRC in 2015 as the official team to be able to develop without limits in the calendar your Citroen C3 WRC 2017. All in all, the pilots of the brand of the PSA Group have competed regularly in the World through the machine Abu Dhabi Total WRT, training semi-official based on PH Sport and with that, oddly enough, Kris Meeke has won two and the results are very positive. However, everything comes to an end, and the Rally of Wales will be the last appointment -it will not travel to Australia- in the Citroën to compete under these circumstances.
Kris Meeke acts as the spearhead of Citroen in the Rally of Wales, proof in which he finished second in 2015: “The Rally of Wales was not on my agenda, but the fall of the Rally of China means that I can participate there. I am delighted. This rally was the first thing I saw on television and also the first rally that I witnessed in person in 1996. on A personal level, I made my debut in 2002, here and obviously I feel at home. Last year I managed to finish in second position, even though we know that the time and the state of the stages will be key”.
The pilot of Citroën in fact it takes the pressure off: “The first car here has a huge advantage if the roads are full of mud and are slippery. Taking into account that I’m on the ninth position, it will be very difficult for us. All the stages are special in some way, but I especially like ‘Hafren’, a stretch that we’re going to play in the opposite direction for the first time. I’m going to try to enjoy driving the car as much as possible and so take some momentum to 2017″.
Craig Breen doesn’t know what it is to play in the Rally of Wales WRC, although you can not say it is a test unknown to the irish pilot: “I’m looking forward to competing again here after playing this test on many occasions in the British Championship. I have a lot of good memories there, andn special when I won the title of the Junior WRC in 2011. The starting point of this year is the exact place that I won with Gareth Roberts, who was welsh. The rally will dispute a couple of week before, we tenths, and we will begin the rally with a positive mindset“.
For his part, Stéphane Lefebvre is back after overcoming his injury: “Two months after the Rally of Germany, I am happy to be back behind the wheel of a WRC car. Gilles de Turckheim will be my co-pilot in Wales to be Gabin Moreau in recovery, we have participated together in the acknowledgments of the Rally of Spain and we have done a great job of preparation. I’m ready to compete here, it is a rally that I like very much although it is a complex testing. it Is important to read the changes of grip throughout the test, so I hope to have a rally and consistent roll near leaders”.
finally, Quentin Gilbert will make his debut on the Citroën DS3
WRC in the World, although it has already driven a World Rally Car before: “I
like this event and as I have driven a World Rallly Car in France I’m not going to
to start from scratch. The team is doing everything possible to do my job
easier. I’ve been preparing and gathering the largest amount of data
possible with the goal of being as close as possible of the pilots
typical of the category. The most important thing for me is to keep improving to
to reduce the difference with the leaders at the end of the rally”.