CITROEN RAC­ING C3 WRC

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Kris Meeke/paul Na­gle: re­tired Stephane Le­feb­vre/gabin Moreau: 9th Craig Breen/scott Martin: 5th (DS 3WRC) Monte fastest times: 1 (Le­feb­vre)

Citroen suf­fered a sig­nif­i­cant false-start in Monte Carlo last month. that’s all it was, a false start, but no­body’s fooled. There’s too much ex­pe­ri­ence and too much know-how for the French to have got this one wrong.

The team was bank­ing on a drier Monte than we got and there’s no doubt the car was too stiff and run­ning a ride height that would have been bet­ter suited for the nearby Paul Ri­card Cir­cuit.

From the out­side, the en­gine re­sponse and ul­ti­mate power of the C3 looked to be in line with the com­pe­ti­tion, but there will be con­cern at the power steer­ing and ig­ni­tion prob­lems that struck the two fac­tory cars.

But are we in dan­ger of mak­ing a mountain out of a mole­hill here? Meeke was run­ning se­cond when he went off and Le­feb­vre was quick­est first time over Turini. I think so.

Scratch round one and move straight to Swe­den. Citroen’s banked plenty of test­ing miles and had a sea­son to sort its new motor out. That time won’t have been wasted.

Meeke is sure no one team is go­ing to dom­i­nate in the way Volkswagen has for the last four years and it’s hard to ar­gue with that con­sid­er­a­tion one round down.

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