Buoyed by its recent one-two finish in Turkey, the Citroen Total World Rally Team is heading to the Wales Rally full of confidence.
Buoyed by its recent one-two finish in Turkey, the Citroen Total World Rally Team is heading to Wales Rally GB full of confidence.
Drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia finished first and third in Wales last year, and are hoping to repeat their victories after the pre-event test Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, together with Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm, who finished first and third here last year, will be aiming to be among the front-runners this time around and keep moving up in the championship standings.
Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have a special relationship with this rally, after adding a record fifth win at Wales GB last year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018), one better than the four victories of Hannu Mikkola and Petter Solberg. They will undoubtedly be aiming to show the same energy and skill in the C3 WRC at this year's event.
Meanwhile, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm have also wasted no time in demonstrating their liking for the fast Welsh forest roads, winning the WRC2 class on their first appearance here in 2016. The Finns went even better last season, finishing third overall and claiming two stage wins as they proved their ability at this round.
The Citroen Total World Rally Team recently enjoyed a three-day pre-event test in Wales, improving the C3 WRC's ability to adapt to the local conditions and, as usual, Thursday's traditional shakedown will provide an opportunity to fine-tune the last few details.