The difficult debut of the Citroën C3 WRC at the Rally Monte carlo


Citroën Racing had generated great expectations with the premiere of the Citroen C3 WRC, to the point that many were placing in the World Rally Car of the formation of the gala as the favorite to get the victory in Monte carlo. However, Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre were involved in different mishaps branded a failure for the debut of a car that even gave sensations of power to match the speed of the Hyundai i20 WRC or the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, at least on a consistent basis. it Is clear that it was not the Monte carlo Rally, which had dreamed of the guys from Yves Matton.

The idyll of Citroën, and of the appointment of monegasque is evident, especially when it comes to putting on track a new model. The first Monte carlo Rally for the Citroën Xsara WRC ended with the victory of Sébastien Loeb in 2002 -penalty on the margin-in the same way that the first ‘Mount’ of the Citroën C4 ended up with a doublet signed by the Loeb and Dani Sordo. did Not disappoint nor did the Citroën DS3 WRC in its first kilometres in this test, since Sébastien Loeb has signed an uncontested victory, leading by nearly three minutes on the first of the fastest of its rivals.

The evils for the Citroen C3 WRC started the day Thursday. Stéphane Lefebvre had a track output and burnt the clutch when you try to force the mechanics to return to the asphalt. For his part, Kris Meeke had a strong blow in the second stage of the rally after failing a fast bend and hit it with the back of her C3 WRC against a slope of land. After returning to the test by the rules ‘Rally 2’, Stéphane Lefebvre suffered problems in the direction and Kris Meeke also was accused to mechanical problems. In the end, a traffic accident road of Monaco left out the northern irish.


The clear representation of the disastrous weekend of Citroën
Racing is that the end of the Rally of Monte carlo, the Citroën
the best classification has been the of Craig Breen
, that in the face of this test
piloted a Citroën DS3 WRC 2016, a model that in theory is at least
a second per kilometre slower than the current World Rally Cars,
but when the truth stood against the ropes at the Hyundai i20
WRC of Dani Sordo and showed more rapid, reliable, and consistent than the
own C3 WRC
, at least in a test as peculiar as the Rally

all in all, Citroën Racing believe that the low
performance of the Citroen C3 WRC at the Rally Monte carlo has been a
specific problem of adaptation to the appointment in the French Alps
, but
your level must be commensurate to the expectations generated both in the
Rally of Sweden as well as in the quotes about gravel. All in all, the Tour
Corse will also serve as a thermometer
to a World Rally Car that
time has not been at the height. As observed in a park
assistance where there was a chascarrillo
, which stated that Citroën
had brought him to Monte carlo one of the cars that competed in the
World of Cars