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Monte Carlo 2014

RALLY MONTE-CARLO WINNER Sebastien Ogier has admitted his world title defence could have got off to a very different start if his team hadn’t made some improvements to his VW Polo R WRC during the close season.

The Frenchman, who along with co-driver Julien Ingrassia picked up his winners’ trophy from the prince’s palace in Monaco this morning, came close to disaster on the first corner of the very first stage when he understeered into a wall.

He feared it was a rally-ending moment. But the strength of his car came to the rescue and he marched on to win the event by 1m 18s.

“We had a bit of luck this weekend, we have to admit that,” Ogier said. “Our race could have ended on the first corner. All the road section was very humid and then on the first corner of the first stage there was small slush on the road. We understeered into a wall.”

“Fortunately, the improvements we made on the car during the winter were quite clever because we reinforced all the steering and suspension. Now, I think that was a good idea.”

Nearly all of the crews were caught out by the unexpected wintry conditions on Thursday’s first stage and Ogier blamed his mistake on a wrong tyre choice. Just like his rivals, he was using Michelin’s super-soft slick tyre.

Ogier added: “We struggled a lot with the weather information on day one, but fortunately, everyone copied us. If someone had taken four snow tyres, they would maybe have taken a five-minute lead.”

VW Motorsport boss, Jost Capito, acknowledged that Ogier had been fortunate. “If he would have crashed like that in last year’s car, he might have been gone,” he said.

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CITROËN TOP DRIVER – ADAC RALLY DEUTSCHLAND – 22-25 AUGUST 2013 – 
CITROËN TOP DRIVER: TIME FOR THE TARMAC
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commallemagneAfter three hotly-contested rounds on gravel, the second half of the Citroën Top Driver season begins with two consecutive rallies on tarmac, before the concluding round on the Rally of Great Britain. With eight DS3 R3s starting the German meeting, it looks like there could be a fierce battle in store.

As the Citroën Top Driver teams approach the mid-season mark, the standard in the Citroën competition has so far proved very high. After Bryan Bouffier’s triumph in Portugal, Sébastien Chardonnet and Quentin Gilbert then shared the lead, before giving way to Keith Cronin after Rally Finland. The particular difficulties posed by the diverse racing surfaces have brought the strengths of the different drivers to the fore. The German round will be one more stage in the development of these champions in the making.

Some may expect the asphalt specialists to dominate here, but none of the drivers competing is new to the surface and, according to local boy Christian Riedemann, the result is far from a foregone conclusion: “Most of the teams in the Top Driver have good experience on tarmac. So the gaps are going to be very small and the way in which the drivers manage their race will be crucial. In any case, we will do all we can to win our home rally and try to get up in the top three of the overall standings.”

The structure of the rally will be the same as in previous years, except for the first day, which will begin with a starting ceremony at the magnificent Cologne cathedral, followed by two new stages, “Blankenheim” and “Sauertal” on the way back towards Trier.

Keith Cronin, who heads the Top Driver standings at present, will be drawing on all his experience on this kind of surface to keep his advantage. He will, however, have to contend with a strong challenge from Sébastien Chardonnet. The young Frenchman, currently lying second in the competition, just three points behind the Irishman, will be aiming for nothing less than victory on a course of which he is particularly fond.

“I know it won’t be easy,” said Keith. “But I also know that I can get a good result in Germany because I like driving on tarmac and the DS3 R3 is able to adapt to all surfaces and conditions. We have all the cards we need up our sleeve to have a successful race. It’s up to us to play them intelligently.”

Third in the standings at the moment, Quentin Gilbert will not be there to make up the numbers. More at ease on gravel, the 2012 French Citroën Racing Trophy champion has addressed his shortcomings on tarmac and is sure to keep pace with the leaders.

Simone Campedelli, who is back on his favourite surface, will have the same goals. Short of success at the moment, the young Italian prospect will be highly motivated to pick up his first win of the season. Stéphane Consani, who has shown his turn of speed and his potential in previous rounds, will be keen to turn that potential into results in Germany. Frederico Della Casa could spring a surprise in this first tarmac rally.

A new team will be joining the Citroën Top Driver championship in Trier. Mohammed Al Mutawaa and his navigator Stephen McAuley will be taking part in their first world rally. The Emirati driver has been competing in the Middle East championship in a DS3 R3 this season after winning the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Selection, and will have everything to learn on a surface he has never driven on in a rally before.

“We are moving into a new phase of the competition, with a change of surface for the next two rounds. Our drivers all have real ability on asphalt and it will be a closely-fought battle. To win, they must show intelligence and avoid mistakes,” says Marek Nawarecki, Citroën Racing’s Client-Competition Manager. “Rally Germany will also play host to a national Citroën Racing Trophy Junior race, in which DS3 R1 are involved. It will be interesting to see how the teams get on in a world event. Jordan Berfa, who has just won the last round of the Trophy Junior in France, will also be involved in his DS3 R1. So it looks like there is an interesting weekend in store at all levels of competition!”

 

CITROËN TOP DRIVER STANDINGS

1. CRONIN: 51 pts

2. CHARDONNET: 48 pts

3. GILBERT: 36 pts

4. BOUFFIER: 27 pts

5. RIEDEMANN: 25 pts

6. CAMPEDELLI: 18 pts

7. VAINIONPÄÄ: 15 pts

8. FISHER: 13 pts

9. DELLA CASA: 8 pts

10. CONSANI: 6 pts

11. PARLI: 4 pts

 

CITROËN TOP DRIVER TEAM STANDINGS

1. TOP TEAMS: 84 pts

2. CHARLES HURST CITROEN BELFAST: 76 pts

3. DELTA RALLY TEAM: 33 pts

4. SAINTELOC RACING: 31 pts

 

ADAC RALLY DEUTSCHLAND TEAM LINEUPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAMS

 

DRIVERS

 

CTD DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP + FIA WRC3

 

CTD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

 

TOP TEAMS

 

Sébastien CHARDONNETQuentin GILBERT

YES

 

YES

 

DELTA RALLYE TEAM

 

Federico DELLA CASA

YES

 

NO

 

SAINTELOC RACING

 

Simone CAMPEDELLIStéphane CONSANI

YES

 

YES

 

CHARLES HURST CITROËN BELFAST

 

Keith CRONINChristian RIEDEMANN

YES

 

YES

 

ABU DHABI RACING

 

AL MUTAWAA

YES

 

NO

 

 

 

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Citroen Finland winner 2013

CITROËN TOP DRIVER – RALLY FINLAND – DAY 3 KEITH CRONIN WINS IN STYLE- 

The season’s most spectacular rally more than lived up to its reputation. Difficult and demanding in equal measure, the Finnish course rewarded the most daring and skilled crews. In the Citroën Top Driver, the DS3 R3s of Keith Cronin, Sébastien Chardonnet and Jussi Vainionpää made up the podium in the WRC3 category.

For this, the third round of the Citroën Top Driver championship, the nine crews competing in Rally Finland tackled an unusual course, a great learning experience for all drivers. The combination of ultra quick stages, endless jumps and tough weather conditions, which left the roads slippery, meant that those drivers with tenacity, good turn of speed and sound analytical capabilities were rewarded.

Keith Cronin and Alastair Fisher became involved in an enthralling battle right from the word go. Throughout day one, the two drivers from across the Channel took it turns to impress although Fisher edged ahead, finishing the first six stages with a 9.2 second lead over his main rival. The next day, the pressure got the better of the British driver, who went off on “Palsankylä 1”. Keith Cronin took over as race leader at that point, a position he held until the end of the rally, also finishing as best performer with eight stages wins. The icing on the cake for the Irish driver is that he now leads the Citroën Top Driver standings by three points from Sébastien Chardonnet.

“We’re really pleased with this win, which takes us into the lead in the competition,” said a delighted Keith. “This is the first time we have competed at Rally Finland but we really had a good feeling on these roads which are still very special. The DS3 R3 was perfect and fast and we can’t wait for Germany to begin the series of tarmac rallies. We’re going to give it our best shot to hold onto our position as leader.”

Runner-up overall, the Frenchman Sébastien Chardonnet had a tough first day but managed to mount a significant comeback on day two, completing the eight stages with some flair. Fighting with local driver Jussi Vainionpää, he gradually moved ahead of the Finn, establishing a clear lead in second sport, a position he would hold until the end of the rally. Although no longer the leader of the Citroën Top Driver standings, the Côte d’Azur-based driver admitted he was pleased with his work in the land of a thousand lakes:

“It’s true that the start of the race was complicated for us, but we then found a good feeling in the car and the DS3 R3 was really great. The aim is clear in any case, we’ll be trying as hard as possible to retake the lead in the competition, starting at Rallye Deutschland!”

The surprise package of the weekend, Finnish driver Jussi Vainionpää enjoyed an intelligent race. He drove consistently, not taking any unnecessary risks on a course featuring many tricky sections. He finished third overall, a fine performance on his first rally in a Citroën DS3 R3.

Simone Campedelli finished just outside the top three, and could be pleased with his performance in Finland. After a testing start to the season, the Italian driver enjoyed a controlled race, whilst also winning two stages and fighting for third place until the last few kilometres. Meanwhile, the Frenchman Quentin Gilbert was less fortunate. Hampered by technical problems and missing a corner on the first run on Ouninpohja, he still made it into the top five at the end of three days of racing and remains third overall in the Citroën championship standings.

Stéphane Consani rounded off the standings in the Finnish round of the Driver and admitted afterwards that it was a weekend that he would rather forget about. After suffering a double puncture on Himos 2, he went off on the eleventh stage and had to rejoin under Rally2 rules. In the end, he finished the points by taking sixth place.

In the Teams’ championship, Top Teams still lead the standings, followed by Charles Hurst Citroën Belfast and Delta Rally Team.

 

FINAL PROVISIONAL OVERALL STANDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Cronin / Clarke

 

Citroën DS3 R3

 

   3:06:35.4

2

 

Chardonnet / de la Haye

 

Citroën DS3 R3

 

+1:14.5

 

3

 

Vainionpää / Juntunen

 

Citroën DS3 R3

 

+2:43.1

 

4

 

Campedelli / Fappani

 

Citroën DS3 R3

 

+3:08.1

 

5

 

Gilbert / Galmiche

 

Citroën DS3 R3

 

      +9:04.7

6

 

Consani / Veillas

 

Citroën DS3 R3

 

    +44:23.0

 

 

FASTEST TIMES

Day 1: SS1 to SS3: Fisher – SS4: Cronin – SS5: Fisher – SS6: Vainionpää

Day 2: SS7: Fisher – SS8 to SS10: Cronin – SS11: Chardonnet – SS12: Cronin – SS13: Campedelli – SS14: Cronin – SS15: Vainionpää

Day 3: SS16: Vainionpää – SS17: Cronin – SS18: Chardonnet – SS19: Consani – SS20: Campedelli – SS21: Gilbert – SS22: Cronin – SS23: Consani

BEST PERFORMERS

Cronin, 8 fastest times – Fisher, 5 – Vainionpää, 3 – Chardonnet, Campedelli and Consani, 2 – Gilbert, 1.

LEADERS

SS1 to SS7: Fisher – SS7 to SS23: Cronin

RETIREMENTS

Alastair Fisher: Minor off on SS8

Stéphane Consani: Off followed by puncture on SS11 / Rejoined under Rally2 rules on Day 3

Christian Riedemann: Technical problem on SS14. Retired before SS15.

Federico Della Casa: Retired on SS14 (water in the engine) / Rejoined under Rally2 rules on Day 3

Retired on SS21 following minor off

 

CITROEN TOP DRIVER STANDINGS AFTER RALLY FINLAND

1. Cronin : 51 points

2. Chardonnet : 48 pts

3. Gilbert : 36 pts

4. Bouffier : 27 pts

5. Riedemann : 25 pts

6. Campedelli : 18 pts

7. Vainionpää :15 pts

8. Fisher : 13 pts

9. Consani : 6 pts

10. Parli : 4 pts

TEAM STANDINGS AFTER RALLY FINLAND

1. Top Teams : 84 points

2. Charles Hurst Citroën Belfast : 76 pts

3. Delta Rally Team : 33 pts

4. Saint Eloc : 31 pts

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WTCC Citroen 2013

CITROËN C-ELYSÉE WTCC TAKES ON THE WORLD’S CIRCUITS – 

A month after confirming that it would be entering the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, Citroën can now reveal the model that will be driven on the circuits by Sébastien Loeb. The Citroën C-Elysée WTCC will be the very first vehicle to be designed in accordance with the new regulations, currently being prepared by the FIA for the category next year.

On 26 September of last year, at the opening of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Frédéric Banzet, Yves Matton and Sébastien Loeb announced that Citroën was considering taking part in the World Touring Car Championship. A few minutes earlier, the C-Elysée had just been unveiled for the first time to the world’s media. Ten months on, these two events come together again with the release of the first pictures of the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC!

Benefitting from the best of the Brand’s expertise in terms of style, development and quality, the Citroën C-Elysée is a C-segment saloon aimed principally at high-growth, international markets such as those in Latin America, the Mediterranean region, China and Russia. Widely acclaimed by customers, the Citroën C-Elysée is already 30% ahead of its initial sales target, with 30,000 orders placed.

“Choosing the C-Elysée as the basis for our WTCC car reflects very clearly our determination to use racing as an active means of supporting our commercial development,” emphasized Frédéric Banzet, CEO of the Citroën Brand. “With rounds in Latin America, Morocco, China and Russia, the WTCC race calendar is genuinely global, and it will be a real advantage to run a C-Elysée, a key driver of our growth, in front of large crowds of enthusiastic motorsport fans.”

“From a strictly technical perspective, the choice of a three-box saloon body was ideal in terms of aerodynamics. C-Elysée was therefore the perfect choice,” added Xavier Mestelan-Pinon, Citroën Racing’s Technical Director. “Apart from this aspect, we were able to install the various components fairly easily. Insofar as this is our first track racing car, we constantly had to ask ourselves questions about the relevance of our choices, but that’s what makes this a particularly exciting challenge.”

Firmly anchored to the tarmac on its 18-inch wheels, the C-Elysée WTCC is quite simply formidable. Featuring an integrated aerodynamic splitter, the front bumper accentuates the radiator grille with its prominent double chevron. The widened front and rear wings lend the car’s bodywork a decidedly racing feel. At the rear, the stylish rear wing will ensure that the car hugs the track.

Under the bonnet, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC is powered by the same 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged engine as the DS3 WRC. With a wider booster flange, power output is now close to 380bhp. The car comes with a front-wheel drive transmission, controlled by a six-speed sequential gearbox.

After making its first track outing a few days ago, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC has now begun a programme of development tests. The car will make its first public appearance at the Frankfort International Motor Show (12-22 September).

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Sebastien-Ogier-Rally-Sweden-2013_2897953

SEBASTIEN OGIER HAS TAKEN A SENSATIONAL VICTORY IN RALLY SWEDEN AND SECURED A MAIDEN WIN FOR VOLKSWAGEN & RSQUO;S NEW POLO R WORLD RALLY CAR ON ONLY THE MANUFACTURER & RSQUO;S SECOND EVENT.

Ogier, 29, dominated the World Rally Championship’s snow and ice round after taking the lead from his fellow Frenchman Sebastien Loeb on Friday morning.

Loeb, in a Citroen DS3, kept the pressure on his former team-mate right to the end, but eventually had to settle for the runners-up spot, 41.8sec behind Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia.

Ford Fiesta RS driver Mads Ostberg was third, the Norwegian finishing 42.7sec adrift of Loeb.

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Mikko Hirvonen & Sébastien Loeb & Dani Sordo

LOEB CLAIMS ‘MAGNIFICENT SEVEN’ IN MONTE CARLO

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 January, 2013: Abu Dhabi’s new partnership with eight-time World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers winners, Citroën Racing, is off to a flying start after another historic win for Sebastien Loeb in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Loeb’s seventh Monte Carlo win alongside co-driver Daniel Elena was confirmed when the final two stages of the event on Saturday night were cancelled for safety reasons as huge numbers of spectators brought the narrow roads to gridlock.

This followed a series of dramatic incidents in the mountains above Monaco when three of the top seven on the leaderboard, Evgeny Novikov, Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hanninen crashed out of the rally, which was run through a combination of snow, ice and slush.

Loeb won by 1min 39.9sec from Frenchman Sebastien Ogier to equal Tommi Mäkinen’s record of four consecutive Monte Carlo triumphs. Spain’s Dani Sordo, driving in Al Qassimi’s Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team DS3 WRC, finished third, with Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen fourth in their Citroën Total Abu Dhabi car.

“I had to carve a line through a thick layer of slush, and we were aquaplaning all the time,” said Loeb. “You couldn’t go any faster than 30kph on the straight sections, otherwise you lose the car completely and you go off!”

Following the first of 13 rounds in this year’s World Rally Championship, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team already leads the manufacturers’ standings and will hope to build on its advantage when round two unfolds in Sweden from February 7-10.

With the UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi returning to WRC action in Sweden, the Emirati will first spearhead a five-car Abu Dhabi Racing assault in this weekend’s Qatar International Rally, the opening round of the seven-event FIA Middle East Rally Championship.