Citroen aims for a "remontada"

19.10.2019: The one in reality mixed-surface rally at the WRC calendar, the penultimate spherical of the season will see Citron Overall International Rally Crew crews Sbastien Ogier

The one in reality mixed-surface rally at the WRC calendar, the penultimate spherical of the season will see Citroën Overall International Rally Crew crews Sébastien Ogier – Julien Ingrassia and Esapekka Lappi – Janne Ferm fee into fight as soon as once more, the French pair decided to stay difficult for a 7th consecutive global identify within the C3 WRC.

One of the crucial game’s final demanding situations, this rally calls for the crews to modify from gravel to tarmac with none time to regulate. It additionally requires the vehicles to be similarly fast on gravel on day one as they’re on tarmac over the next two days. In the meantime, the mechanics and engineers have to tug off an important feat to modify from one configuration to the opposite in a restricted area of time.

Winner of the final two rallies held right here, Citroën Overall International Rally Crew has already confirmed its skill at this tough workout. The workforce has gained in Catalonia a complete of 11 instances, together with 5 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018) because it become a mixed-surface match.

With Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, who’re three-time winners of this match themselves (2013, 2014 and 2016), Citroën has a robust case for good fortune this weekend and due to this fact harbours authentic hopes, despite the fact that the French group will obviously no longer be helped by way of working 2nd at the highway on Friday’s leg. On the other hand, buoyed by way of fresh trying out within the C3 WRC, they head into this weekend’s rally decided to show issues round within the championship.

Ranging from what is going to be a greater highway place (seventh) equipped the elements remains dry on day one, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm is also critical contenders for a top-five spot, while additionally being vital allies for Sébastien and Julien. That is particularly the case as Esapekka is obviously now very comfy within the C3 WRC on gravel, mirrored in his 2nd position finishes in Finland and Turkey, and his previous revel in in karting would possibly end up precious at the tarmac levels, which might be hung on wider, circuit-like roads.

With the intention to give themselves the most productive imaginable probability of good fortune, the French workforce held a large four-day take a look at in Catalonia, virtually solely dedicated to making improvements to the competitiveness of the C3 WRC on tarmac (3 days). While no-one within the workforce is getting over excited and everyone seems to be absolutely centered at the task in hand, the development made right through the take a look at have raised hopes of having the ability to battle all of the approach within the championship.

 

REACTIONS FROM…

Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Crew Predominant

“Clearly, this spherical is vitally vital for us if we need to keep in competition for the identify and even if we’ve gained the final two instances right here, we’ve ready very significantly and in nice element for this spherical and with much more motivation than earlier than. Our take a look at used to be principally fascinated by tarmac and we really feel we made important development by way of combining our efforts at the diffs, the geometry and the dampers, even if we’ll handiest truly know whether or not it’s sufficient or no longer as soon as the rally will get underway.

 On gravel, even if we will be able to at all times do higher, we’ve proven lately that we’ve got made development in this floor, so we attempted to construct on what’s now a cast basis and reinforce the automobile a bit of extra via preparation paintings carried out within the workshop.”

Sébastien Ogier, Citroën Overall WRT motive force
“I revel in racing on other surfaces so I love this rally and I am very decided to attain giant issues right here if I will be able to. We haven’t any selection, truly. We need to shut the space to Ott if we’re to retain our hopes of maintaining the identify. Given the affect of highway place, the primary leg on gravel is sure to be tricky for us however I’m no longer going to fret about that any longer than same old.

I am assured that we’ll be faster on tarmac. The sensation in trying out used to be a lot better than lately however handiest the days and the ones of our opponents will let us know whether or not or no longer the step ahead we’ve made is large sufficient.”

Collection of appearances on the match: 11

Collection of wins: 3 (2013, 2014 and 2016)

Esapekka Lappi, Citroën Overall WRT motive force
“I love the speculation of racing on a mixed-surface rally, despite the fact that it’s an enormous problem. It’s particularly tough on Saturday morning when it’s a must to transfer from gravel to tarmac and not using a transition and be right away at the tempo from the primary nook. I am hoping it is going to keep dry on Friday and I’ll have the ability to benefit from my place within the working order, in particular as we’ve now proven just right tempo on gravel.

I like the tarmac levels right here. The roads are easy and flowing, very speedy in puts, and at the complete lovely blank if it does not rain. They’re those that job my memory maximum of my monitor racing previous. We will have to be extra aggressive than at the earlier tarmac rounds, as a result of we unquestionably pinpointed one thing right through trying out, however we’ll need to look forward to the days at the first few levels on tarmac to peer the place we truly stand.”

Collection of appearances on the match: 3

Very best end result:seventh (2018)

 

KEY FIGURES

17 timed levels masking a complete of 325.56 km

1 hr 15 minutes the time allowed in provider on Friday night time for the technical groups to transform the vehicles from gravel to tarmac configuration

32 Michelin tyres to be had, together with 16 gravel (to be selected from 10 medium and 16 tough tyres) and 16 tarmac (to be selected from 12 comfortable, 16 tough and eight rain tyres)

11 total wins secured by way of Citroën at Rally de España: 1 with Xsara Package-Automobile (1999), 2 with Xsara WRC (2005 and 2006), Four with C4 WRC (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010), 2 with DS3 WRC (2011 and 2012) and a couple of with C3 WRC (2017 and 2018).

 

RALLY DE ESPAÑA SCHEDULE (GMT+2 till 27/10, GMT+1 afterwards)

The one in reality combined floor match at the calendar because it switched layout in 2010, Rally de España starts on Friday with 129.70 aggressive kilometres on gravel levels, making it the weekend’s longest leg. On those numerous roads that have a tendency to wash in dry climate, the working order at all times performs a an important position, as does the mud kicked up as vehicles come throughout the levels and which will ceaselessly dangle within the air for a number of mins.

Except after all there may be rain, as then issues will also be totally shaken up… The spotlight of this leg will as soon as once more be the 2 runs at the degree previously referred to as Terra Alta, renamed Los angeles Fatarella – Vilalba (38.85km).

Crews will have to whole a number of kilometres on very technical, tarmac roads with gravel tyres, and this can result in important gaps at the timesheets. Saturday and Sunday’s legs shall be contested at the easy and flowing circuit-like tarmac roads of Catalonia, over aggressive distances of 121.72 and 74.14 kilometres respectively.

The itinerary for this yr’s rally is nearly a carbon reproduction of final yr’s match. The one actual adjustments are that the outlet super-special degree within the streets of Barcelona has been dropped and Sunday’s Santa Marina degree has been changed by way of Mussara (20.72km), final utilized in 2014 in the other way, which this time round shall be used because the Energy Degree.

In fact, a mixed-surface rally manner a metamorphosis in configuration, with the workforce’s mechanics changing the vehicles from gravel to tarmac variations on the finish of day one. Friday night time’s provider is due to this fact prolonged from its same old duration of forty-five mins to an hour and 1 / 4.

Even though the mechanics and engineers apply for this provider previously within the workshop, it stays an enormous problem for the technical workforce and gives the various spectators accrued to look at on the provider park with an impressively orchestrated show.

 

THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER

9.01am: Shakedown (2,00 km on gravel)

7.00pm: Ceremonial Get started (Salou)

 

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER
8.00am: Get started from PortAventura provider park

9.23am: SS 1 – Gandesa 1 (7,00 km)

10.03am: SS 2 – Horta-Bot 1 (19,00 km)

11.13am: SS 3 – Los angeles Fatarella – Vilalba 1 (38,85 km)

1.23pm: Carrier A (PortAventura – 40 mins)

3.26pm: SS 4 – Gandesa 2 (7,00 km)

4.06pm: SS 5 – Horta-Bot 2 (19,00 km)

5.16pm: SS 6 – Los angeles Fatarella – Vilalba 2 (38,85 km)

7.51pm: Flexi provider B (PortAventura – 1 hr 15 mins)

 

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER

7.30am: Get started & provider C (PortAventura – 15 mins)

9.00am: SS 7 – Savallà 1 (14,08 km)

9.41am: SS 8 – Querol 1 (21,26 km)

10.38am: SS 9 – El Montmell 1 (24,40 km)

12.10pm: Carrier D (PortAventura – 40 mins)

2.01pm: SS 10 – Savallà 2 (14,08 km)

2.42pm: SS 11 – Querol 2 (21,26 km)

3.38pm: SS 12 – El Montmell 2 (24,40 km)

5.30pm: SS 13 – Salou (2,24 km)

6.00pm: Flexi provider E (PortAventura – 45 mins)

 


SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER

6.45am: Get started & provider F (PortAventura – 15 mins)

7.41am: SS 14 – Riudecanyes 1 (16,35 km)

8.38am: SS 15 – Los angeles Mussara 1 (20,72 km)

9.48am: Carrier G (PortAventura – 30 mins)

10.54am: SS 16 – Riudecanyes 2 (16,35 km)

12.18pm: SS 17 – Los angeles Mussara 2 Energy Degree (20,72 km)

1.41pm: Carrier H (PortAventura – 10 mins)

2.01pm: Podium (Salou)

 

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