The DS3 WRCs end on a high note
On its first outing in competition, the Citroën DS3 WRC finished fourth in Rally Sweden thanks to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Their team-mates, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, came home sixth. The Citroën Total World Rally Team
DS3 WRCs also scored a double in the Power Stage, the last stage in the event for which additional points were awarded. One of the main difficulties of the rally was the ceaselessly changing road conditions, which had a major influence on the performance of the cars. On Friday, the fresh snow that fell before the start handicapped the crews that were first out on the road. Today it was the lack of wind that caused snow to be suspended in the air reducing the drivers’ visibility.
Petter Solberg and Kimi Räikkönen in Citroën DS3 WRCs prepared by Citroën Racing Technologies also reached the finish of the first rally of the season. The Norwegian came home fifth, and the Finn arrived back in Karlstad in eighth place after a performance that bodes well for the rest of the championship.
“For their first race, the Citroën DS3 WRCs proved both reliable and competitive throughout the weekend,” summed up Olivier Quesnel, the Citroën Racing Team Principal. “Before the start we knew that we weren’t favourites on this very specific surface. Let’s wait for the first stages on gravel to have a better idea of each one’s potential.”
The Citroën DS3 WRCs will leave their studded tyres behind to fly off to Mexico. The next round run on gravel above sea level will take place between 3rd - 6th March 2011.
Provisional final classification
1 M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3h23m56.6s
2 M. Ostberg / J. Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6.5s
3 J. Latvala / M. Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC +34.0s
4 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia Citroën DS3 WRC +47.7s
5 P. Solberg / C. Patterson Citroën DS3 WRC +1m31.2s
6 S. Loeb / D. Elena Citroën DS3 WRC +2m30.3s
7 P. Andersson / E. Axelsson Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m22.0s
8 K. Räikkönen / K. Lindström Citroën DS3 WRC +7m02.3s
9 M. Wilson / S. Martin Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m11.5s
10 K. Al Qassimi / M. Orr Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m31.1s