Citroen won’t use the unconventional International Rally Championship aero upgrades it just lately examined in this week’s Rally of Spain.
Photos – provided by means of Hugo Blancher – detailing main adjustments to the aero on Citroen’s C3 WRC seemed final week and advised the staff used to be attempting probably the most drastic aero alterations observed because the present vehicles have been presented for 2017.
However a staff spokesperson mentioned there will probably be no upgrades on Sebastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi’s C3 WRCs in Salou this week.
Citroen had was hoping to introduce new suspension for the former spherical in Wales, however a loss of homologation alternatives precluded the sort of transfer.
For a similar explanation why, the numerous aerodynamic evolution the staff made in checking out can’t be used.
Forward of the penultimate spherical of this yr’s WRC, Citroen declined to touch upon adjustments to the C3.
When requested what he considered the adjustments to the Citroen, Toyota’s championship chief Ott Tanak responded: “It seems fairly competitive, however in puts it does glance somewhat bit like a replica and paste from our automobile…”
Requested about newest new portions for the C3, the FIA advised Autosport: “The FIA, by the use of its rally and technical departments, has labored carefully with Citroen Racing over fresh months with a purpose to lend a hand them validate some evolutions to their automobile and enforce them.
“On the other hand, thus far, Citroen Racing has no longer submitted a request for the FIA to homologate new portions.”
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Citroen superstar Ogier must end forward of Tanak to stay his identify hopes alive past Spain.
Whilst his predecessor within the C3 WRC, Sebastien Loeb, gained final yr’s match, the nine-time champion benefited very much from a final-day gamble on tyres in combined stipulations.
To take a maiden identify, Tanak wishes to complete two issues forward of Ogier in Salou, whilst Thierry Neuville – the one different driving force in a position to lifting the 2019 crown – wishes to complete 12 issues up on Tanak to stick within the championship battle for the finale in Australia.
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“Evidently, the power is on, there is no doubt about that,” mentioned Tanak, for whom a win in Spain on Sunday afternoon could be sufficient for him to be topped for the primary time.
“We wish to ship and now we in reality wish to ship. We want a large efficiency.
“We had a just right check and in most cases the sensation is fairly just right with the auto, so now we need to see.
“I suppose the point of interest will probably be on me, however on the identical time Ogier and Thierry must pass all-out. There is no doubt about that from their aspect.
“However for me, there is no wish to possibility the whole thing. I do not wish to do anything else if the sensation isn’t there.
“If I am happy with the auto then I am certain we will make the battle, however let’s have a look at the way it is going.”
Tanak led final yr’s match and regarded relaxed earlier than a puncture curtailed his rate and consigned him to 6th.