CITROEN RACING C3 WRC
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.