Sebastien Ogier and his Citroën Racing staff are pinning their FIA International Rally Championship name hopes on an upturn in asphalt tempo at a key check in Spain this week.

The French producer has struggled to seek out pace from its sealed surface-spec C3 this season. Ogier is hopeful an answer has been discovered that can deliver enhancements for the 2 asphalt days at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España (24 – 27 October).

He stated: “We now have some just right concepts, already I made a small power in Paris and we discovered some small course, however we want to ascertain them within the check. And this might be again on target.”

The Frenchman completed 7th on ADAC Rallye Deutschland’s asphalt and is aware of a repeat of that consequence may just all however finish his hopes of a 7th immediately name.

“It was once beautiful evident we had been a long way off the tempo in Germany,” stated Ogier. “So we’ve got moderately a large check this week. It’s essential, it’s our best probability to be on this battle. We’d like each and every little bit of growth with regards to tempo.”

Citroen’s hopes of bringing new portions to closing week’s Wales Rally GB had been spoiled by way of headaches surrounding the homologation procedure. That new suspension should wait till subsequent season.

Workforce predominant Pierre Budar stated: “The principles for the homologation are the similar for all of the groups. It’s simply very irritating and disappointing to understand those portions make the auto faster, however we will be able to’t use them.

“The drivers have run with them within the check they usually like them. We all know the auto could be sooner and giving extra self assurance if we had them on, however the regulations are the foundations.”

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