Mid-season evaluate: Citroën

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Mid-season review: Citroën


Sébastien Ogier is again together with his outdated classmates at Citroën Racing and the six-time international champion has settled in briefly in the course of the first half of of the 2019 time period.

The protecting champion is 2nd within the drivers’ standings, simply 4 issues adrift of Ott Tänak. Ogier and Citroën haven’t been ready to ship the crushing dominance we’ve observed from each in years long past via, however the Frenchman has proven remarkable consistency.

No person has scored extra podiums than the six Ogier has delivered from 8 rallies.

Few of the ones were extra memorable than a 6th immediately (and 7th in overall) win at Rallye Monte-Carlo. A French motive force successful on French roads in a French automotive – it used to be a French lesson for the remainder of the sector.

Ogier misplaced the championship lead in a Swedish snowbank and it took him 4 rounds till he may get again to the highest of the category with 2nd position in Chile. A Portuguese podium subsequent day trip saved him there forward of Rally Italia Sardegna, admittedly now not the place he’d was hoping to be operating first at the street.

Ogier’s trip at the Italian island grew to become out to be his maximum attempting of the yr. He grew to become in too early and smashed the C3’s entrance left suspension on one of the crucial larger boulders lining the Monte Baranta check.

Livid with himself, Ogier fronted up, authorised the blame and were given on with some checking out for the rest two days. With one degree closing, Ogier, like his fellow Tänak-chaser Thierry Neuville, had authorised the Estonian would put transparent air between them.

Tänak’s Wolf Energy Degree malaise, alternatively, ensured Ogier and Neuville stay a lot nearer at half-term.

Ogier has demonstrated the dogged, made up our minds aspect of his persona. If the Citroën past due summer time and autumn updates endure fruit, then a 7th immediately name might be at the playing cards.

Ogier wasn’t the one motive force switching to a Citroën uniform this yr, with Finn Esapekka Lappi transferring from Toyota to enroll in the category of Versailles.

2nd on most effective his 2nd trip in a C3 demonstrated Lappi used to be fast to really feel at house with new automotive and group in Sweden. However that snowy runners-up spot used to be as just right as it will get for the amiable Scandinavian.

Over and over again he regarded misplaced as he attempted to dial himself into the Citroën to ship this type of velocity he used to win Neste Rally Finland two years in the past. Lappi is his personal most harsh critic. He is aware of what he’s were given to do and he’ll paintings as arduous as any one to give a boost to the ones grades.

Citroën lies 3rd within the producers’ championship and has misplaced floor to the chasing M-Recreation Ford squad within the final two rallies.

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