Citroen has three C3 WRCs in the first European gravel WRC round in 2018 – Rally Portugal. They are for Kris Meeke – Paul Nagle, Craig Breen – Scott Martin and Mads Østberg – Torstein Eriksen respectively. The team hopes that this will increase its chances of a strong result in an event all crews know well.
“With Mads back in the team for this round, we have three crews capable of getting results that meet our expectations here in Portugal, at what you might call this year’s first ‘conventional’ gravel rally. Before Rally Argentina, all three took part in six days of intensive testing in Portugal, which proved to be very productive, and with the information also taken from the full-scale competitive testing done on the final day in Argentina, we are fired up for the fight as soon as the action gets underway”, Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar said.
Budar: Citroen has three crews capable of getting results that meet our expectations
After claiming a promising fifth place last year on the stages held to the north of Porto, grabbing an impressive stage win amidst the intensive scrap at the front on Friday’s leg, Craig Breen will also be keen to up the pace this year. He’ll be looking to make the most of tenth place in the starting order on day one.
“I have some good memories from 2017. We were fast, especially on the Friday, so much so that we weren’t far off ending the opening leg in the lead. The stages are fantastic, the fans are very passionate and there are lots of them too! I would love to fight for a podium place. We went pretty close in Argentina, despite our lack of experience, but this time I want to produce that level from start to finish, avoid making any mistakes and turn all of that into a good result”, Breen explained.
— Citroën Racing (@CitroenRacing) May 15, 2018