Sébastien Ogier’s success on the Rally Guanajuato México gravel stages assured the French team — which will be relying in an all-new driver pairing in 2013 — continued its strong start to the present campaign after Ogier won Rallye Monte-Carlo along with teammate Esapekka Lappi secured second place at Rally Sweden.
Two wins and a podium at the first three rounds has marked an extraordinary turnaround in fortunes for Citroën which finished a distant fourth at the manufacturers’ standings throughout the 2018 and 20 17 seasons.
The yield of six-time world winner Ogier to the Citroën motorist line up has clearly given the team an increase and the performance of the C3 WRC has also improved against rival machines.
According to the team’s eighth triumph in Mexico,” Citroën Racing team leader, Budar said: “This event remains unusual, but it’s also always favorable to win the championship’s first round on gravel because it’s that the top which the majority of the rallies are held and even though we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, it’s confirmation that people are directly in the mix with the C-3 WRC.
Every single day , they showed off their entire variety of qualities: race, speed craft, and ability to react and direction skills also”
Ogier, whose impressive beginning to this season has set him four points supporting drivers’ championship leader Ott Tänak, acknowledged the continued improvement of this C3 WRC and the challenging job of their Citroën Racing engineers behind the scenes to give him a rally-winning package.
The Frenchman said: “The possibility I saw from the C-3 WRC is still hauled out. It permitted us to be top performers this week. It’s now up for us to keep spending so much time because the tournament looks set to become even closer than before. In the meantime, I would like to thank the club for the wonderful job done this weekend. We’ll now head for Corsica on the lookout for a related outcome.