The Citroen C3 R5 nonetheless leads the WRC3 with Bulacia

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The Citroen C3 R5 still leads the WRC3 with Bulacia




The Citroen C3 R5 still leads the WRC3 with Bulacia

12.10.2020: The C3 R5 as soon as once more confirmed clear velocity because it collected various WRC2 and WRC3 stage wins at Rally Sardegna and enabled Marco Bulacia to assert third place within the WRC3.


The C3 R5 as soon as once more confirmed clear velocity because it collected various WRC2 and WRC3 stage wins at Rally Sardegna and enabled Marco Bulacia to assert third place within the WRC3.

•    With six crews competing in Sardegna (Østberg-Eriksen, Bulacia-Der Ohannesian, Rossel-Fulcrand, Camilli-Buresi, Ciamin-Roche and Johnston-Kihurani), the #C3R5Family boasted a powerful line-up on the sixth spherical of the World Rally Championship.
 

•    Having gained eleven out the sixteen levels within the arms of Mads Østberg, the C3 R5 was as soon as once more one the main lights of the WRC2 class at this, one of the vital demanding occasions of the season. It was due to this fact all of the extra irritating that the automobile misplaced time on the opening levels of the rally attributable to a transmission difficulty. The factors for fourth place could nonetheless show decisive within the WRC2 title combat.
 

•    Within the WRC3 too, the C3 R5 showcased its competitiveness with a complete of seven stage wins scored by all of its crews. A competitiveness that was rewarded by the high-quality third place of Marco Bulacia, including to his victory in Mexico and runner-up spot in Turkey and who continues to prime the championship standings. Held up on SS2 by a puncture, he then put collectively an clever race, together with one stage win, to sneak onto the rostrum. Fellow C3 R5 drivers Yohan Rossel and Nicolas Ciamin additionally deserved to function on the rostrum.


The 2 Frenchmen had made a high-quality begin to the rally, ending the primary leg second and third within the class respectively. Nevertheless, on Saturday morning, each drivers suffered mechanical points. They confirmed their excessive efficiency stage on the levels with a quickest time apiece after they returned to motion on Sunday. In the meantime, Eric Camilli – sensible winner within the WRC3 at Monte-Carlo – was spectacular on his return to the class, operating in second place on day one earlier than struggling a technical difficulty after which having to retire firstly of the second leg following an off.
 

WHAT THEY SAID…
 

Didier Clément, Head of Buyer Racing, Citroën Racing

“It has been a troublesome weekend for all of us. The automobile was very fast – it exhibits it each weekend, at each rally – however for as soon as, we a bit quick on reliability. It’s irritating as a result of the velocity was undoubtedly there and our drivers confirmed that they have been able to placing C3 R5 among the many front-runners on just about each stage of this very demanding Rally Sardegna. We’re always working, each day, to offer our crews with an more and more dependable and highly effective automobile. This weekend was powerful, however I’ve little question that our groups shall be again stronger on the subsequent occasions on the calendar.”
 


Marco Bulacia, third within the WRC3 with the C3 R5

“After the puncture firstly, we did not hand over. We stored driving properly within the hope of shifting again up the standings, so I’m extraordinarily happy with our consequence. I used to be actually snug in my C3 R5. The automobile was very environment friendly and straightforward to drive on these tough levels. If we determined to participate in a fifth spherical, as permitted by the rules, we’d select to compete at Monza.”
 
 

Mads Østberg

“Clearly, I am disillusioned with the beginning of the race, though there are a number of positives to remove from the weekend, with two good legs on Saturday and Sunday. We did our easiest to maneuver again up the standings. We did handle to make up 4 of the six minutes misplaced on Friday morning. We’re now going to deal with the remaining tarmac rounds: we all know the automobile may be very aggressive on this floor and I really feel assured in my capability to combat for the win.”
 
 

 
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