Citroen is not going to use the novel Global Rally Championship aero upgrades it just lately examined in this week’s Rally of Spain.
Footage – equipped via Hugo Blancher – detailing main adjustments to the aero on Citroen’s C3 WRC gave the impression remaining week and steered the staff was once attempting probably the most drastic aero alterations noticed for the reason that present automobiles had been offered for 2017.
However a staff spokesperson stated there might 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 this 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 spoke back: “It seems to be reasonably competitive, however in puts it does glance a bit bit like a duplicate and paste from our automotive…”
Requested about newest new portions for the C3, the FIA advised Autosport: “The FIA, by way of its rally and technical departments, has labored carefully with Citroen Racing over fresh months with a view to assist them validate some evolutions to their automotive and enforce them.
“On the other hand, thus far, Citroen Racing has now not submitted a request for the FIA to homologate new portions.”
(Symbol courtesy of Hugo Blancher)
Citroen big name Ogier must end forward of Tanak to stay his identify hopes alive past Spain.
Whilst his predecessor within the C3 WRC, Sebastien Loeb, received remaining yr’s tournament, the nine-time champion benefited a great deal 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 motive force able to lifting the 2019 crown – wishes to complete 12 issues up on Tanak to stick within the championship struggle for the finale in Australia.
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“Evidently, the force is on, there is no doubt about that,” stated Tanak, for whom a win in Spain on Sunday afternoon could be sufficient for him to be topped for the primary time.
“We want to ship and now we truly want to ship. We want a large efficiency.
“We had a excellent check and in most cases the sensation is reasonably excellent with the auto, so now we need to see.
“I assume the focal point might 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 want to chance the whole thing. I do not want to do the rest if the sensation isn’t there.
“If I am ok with the auto then I am positive we will be able to make the struggle, however let’s have a look at the way it is going.”
Tanak led remaining yr’s tournament and regarded comfy ahead of a puncture curtailed his rate and consigned him to 6th.