Former Formula 1 driver and father of current world champion Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, will compete in the WRC Rally Yepres in Belgium next month. The Dutchman tested himself in rally waters for the first time a few weeks ago at the van Haspengouw rally behind the wheel of Citoren's C3 Rally2. Verstappen, whose notes will be read by Harm van Koppen, has not officially entered the WRC2 category, so he will not win points for the World Championship.
Citroen announced that it had terminated its cooperation with Kris Meek due to a large number of accidents. Meeke flew off the track in Portugal last weekend and completely destroyed his Citroen, and he was taken by helicopter to the hospital for an examination. “It wasn’t an easy decision as it affects the racer and co-driver, but it’s a decision based on safety concerns,” said Citroen team boss Pierre Budar. "So we decided to prevent any injuries." In a press statement, Citroen wrote that some of Meek's accidents could have serious consequences in terms of the safety of team members, and his risky driving with high stakes was not justified. Who will sit in Meek’s race car is not yet known.
Sebastien Ogier started his collaboration with the new M-sport team with the best time at the so-called shakedown before the Monte Carlo Rally, which is the first rally of this year's World Rally Championship season - WRC. Ogier finished in the 3,35-kilometer test with a four-second lead over former team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen in a Škoda Fabia R5 of the WRC2 class. Ogier teammate Ott Tanak was third, and the fourth time of the test was taken by Jari-Matti Latvala behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris. Hyundai racers Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo took fifth and sixth time, followed by Latvala's teammate Juho Hanninen. The eighth time went to Hyundai’s third racer, Thierry Neuville. Some racers were a bit more reserved and are va
Grega Premrl finished the 2016 season in the north of Austria. This was Grego's first macadam rally in his career, and consequently the most difficult due to lack of experience. Third place in the FIA ERT3 Cup therefore completely satisfied Grego. Less, however, are the individual times achieved. These were also the result of a minor accident that happened to him before the rally, due to which the car was not completely optimally prepared. Grega emphasized the fact that success is the timely preparation of the car, for which a big thank you goes to the mechanics of the Unikatoy team. Unfortunately, the rally was also marked by two mistakes that took quite valuable time. Bigger mistake on superspec
Citroën Racing is preparing for its big return to the scene of the FIA World Rally Championship. This is the latest challenge and the next adventure of a sports team with recognized experience. In addition, in this way, the brand will accompany the launch of the new C3, an energetic vehicle with a unique design structure and a dynamic engine. Citroën will present the C3 WRC concept study for the first time in the world at this year's Paris Motor Show. Designed by Citroën design studio in collaboration with the Citroën Racing team, the concept vehicle is an extreme version of the C3 with muscular and sculpted lines and a stunning visual design. The concept announces a new race car that will debut at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January 2017. With three World Champion titles among drivers in his pocket, C
A new season of rally competitions is just around the corner. One of the major changes in the racing teams will be this year's collaboration between Grega Premrla and Anja Verbič. Before the start of the season, the newly formed crew will try to do everything necessary to meet their expectations when performing in the Slovenian national championship and the Mitropa Cup. Appearances in higher-ranking races are not excluded either. Despite the final fourth place in the DP and some good results at rallies abroad, Grega Premrl is not the most satisfied with last season, as he struggled with a lot of problems, especially at the beginning. He also faced changes of co-drivers, as Gregor Brešer had difficulty combining work and racing obligations. Vili Ošlaj and Rok Nartnik also took the passenger seat. “After four years of working with Gregor
Sebastien Loeb admitted he was surprised to hear that he had been sacked by Citroen’s WTCC team as they were expected to work together for three years. After years of speculation about Citroen's future in the world of sports, the French carmaker announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing from the WTCC World Touring Car Championship after the 2016 season and will focus exclusively on the World Rally Championship from 2017 onwards. Next season, the Citroen team in the WTCC will be half as small, as they will put only two race cars on the track instead of four, and their colors will continue to be represented by Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller. Loeb has run out of space, and the Frenchman will be able to focus entirely on the new collaboration with Peugeot, which starts in January at the legendary Dakar Rally. Nine
By the end of this year, French carmaker Citroen will decide whether to continue to compete exclusively in the WRC World Rally Championship, or to leave it and dedicate itself exclusively to the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. In the radical restructuring of the Citroen Racing and Peugeot Sport programs, the key issues will be logistics, the level of competition and which sport better promotes their brand in the Chinese market. The latter probably carries the most weight, and given that rally as a sport in China is not as popular as the WTCC, where one of the championship races takes place (in 2017, another race is expected to be included in the race calendar), this would could mean that the French will finish the rally program, where they celebrated their last world title in 2012,
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, who competes in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship, tried too optimistically to overtake two competitors in the 10th lap of the second race at Vila Real, according to the commissioners, causing an avoidable accident. The French legend of the rally, who ended up in the wall on his own in a failed overtaking, was therefore reminded. [vsw id = "pWcT2-2p6-c" source = "youtube" width = "600" height = "400" autoplay = "no"]
Yves Matton, the head of the Citroen team, is convinced that the Frenchman Sebastien Loeb can win the tenth title of world rally champion if he decides to return after his contract to appear in the WTCC series expires at the end of this season. Matton intends to persuade 41-year-old Loeb to return to the World Championships, saying that "the biggest drawback of the WRC Championship is that only two racers are able to regularly win rallies and become champions. One is Sebastien Ogier, who wins titles, and the other is in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. " Loeb drove a rally in Monte Carlo earlier this season, where he even led from the start. Matton, meanwhile, plans to talk to the nine-time champion about his future. "Sebastien will be our brand 's ambassador for a long time to come