WRC Spain 2011

16th October 2011
Novikov joins Solberg, Räikkönen and Van Merksteijn Jr Rally Spain is the only mixed event of the season, and it looks like being one of the highlights of the year for Citroën Racing Technologies. As was the case in Greece, four DS3 WRCs will be entrusted to four privateers because Petter Solberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Peter Van Merksteijn Jr will be joined by Evgeny Novikov. After having driven a C4 WRC for most of the 2009 season, the 21-year-old Russian hope will make his comeback in a WRC entered by the French manufacturer.” “Five cars have been prepared in our workshops for this rally,” explains Benoit Nogier, the man in charge of the Versailles-Satory-based team.” In addition to the four race-prepared DS3 WRCs, a fifth was made available for a test session this week.” Kimi Räikkönen (ICE1 Racing) racked up six consecutive top-10 finishes in the early part of the season, and the Finn is tackling Rally Spain full of ambition: “Kimi’s potential is increasing in leaps and bounds. In Rally France he could have finished in the first five. By taking advantage of a good starting position on the first day, and with the speed he’s already shown on dry tarmac he could achieve a very good result.”