Driven by Sébastien Ogier – Julien Ingrassia and Esapekka Lappi – Janne Ferm, both C3 WRCs entered in next year’s WRC – a fourteen-round season beginning on the stages of the world famous Rallye Monte-Carlo (22-27 January) and concluding in Australia (14-17 November) will feature brand-new livery.
The new look will also celebrate the brand’s 100thanniversary. The end of 2018 marks a temporary conclusion for the working relationship between Citroën Racing and Abu Dhabi Racing. A successful relationship that began in 2013 and produced nine rally wins (three in 2013, one in 2015, two in 2016, two in 2017 and one in 2018) in the world rally championship. The team would like to take this opportunity to thank Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi for these last five years, a rewarding experience for all involved based on exchanging and sharing commonly-held values.
The end of this season equally provides Citroën with an opportunity to offer its heartfelt thanks to Chris Patterson, Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi’s co-driver on his selected annual appearances in the WRC, as well as to Craig Breen, Scott Martin, Mads Østberg, Torstein Eriksen, and the inseparable duo Sébastien Loeb – Daniel Elena, who all did us proud in competing on behalf of the team in 2018. Although the latter crew were actively involved in creating some of Citroën’s finest moments in rallying, all were highly appreciated by the team for their human and sporting qualities and we wish them the very best for the rest of the respective careers.
A new chapter therefore begins for Citroën Total WRT in 2019, as two new crews particularly determined to aim high join the team. A new chapter then, the first instalment of which will be the unveiling of the 2019 livery of the C3 WRC at the WRC season presentation, which will be held on 12 January 2019 at Birmingham’s Autosport International Show. The countdown to the new season will by then be very much underway, and it won’t be long before fans see the French team’s two WRCs – on which further upgrades will be introduced during the off-season – spring back into competitive action!
Just a few days before its homologation and its competition debut, the Citroën C3 R5 is the focus of attention as it is the main novelty of the 2018 season. From the Tour de Corse onwards, PH Sport will run Stéphane Lefebvre’s car as part of the Citroën Racing works programme in WRC2. Other C3 R5s will then be available for rent to privateer drivers who want to race in the latest car from the French make. Continue reading The Citroën C3 R5 To Make Its Debut In Tour De Corse
One of the most spectacular events on the international calendar, the Azores Airlines Rallye, opens the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season from 22-24 March. The material and information links below have been prepared to assist your reporting of the event on São Miguel in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading PREVIEW: FIA ERC’s Azores Airlines Rallye
Contested over eight events from next weekend this month to October, the 2018 FIA ERC schedule has been structured in response to calls from drivers and teams who were keen to cap their number of competitive outings at between six and eight events. The calendar includes three rallies on asphalt and five on gravel (three on each surface for ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Junior Under 28). And in a further cost-cutting measure, drivers chasing overall honours count their best six scores only.
The Group B cars ooze passion. The WRC cars are technological wonders. But, which is fastest?
The opening round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship takes place from 25 – 28 January 2018, a week later than usual. It will play host to 17 stages of 394.74km of competitive action, of which 50 percent of the route will be new compared to 2017’s edition.
Snow, ice, black ice and sometimes all of these in the same stage: drivers and co-drivers have a hard time reading the roads. Support crews, technicians, and spotters play a pivotal role in safely – and speedily – negotiating the stages.
This is a rally not to be missed. If last year’s event action was to be repeated, we’d not be disappointed. This author suspects there’ll be a tight fight for the overall victory: Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport), Thierry Neuville (Hyundai Motorsport), Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC) and some wild picks would be Kris Meeke (Citroen WRC) and Ott Tanak (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC).
Click to watch the highlights from 2017 to whet your appetite. Only 5 more weeks remain to the start…
The WRC off-season is proving too long already. Thank goodness for YouTube. Antti Kalhola is a video editing genius, putting this fantastic video tribute of Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena together.
“I have never seen driver like him. He is fast and aggressive but still calm and very very concentrated.” – Colin McRae on Sebastien Loeb at Rally San Remo, 2000.