The World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017 will welcome back Citroen and the French team tell us they intend to hit the ground running.
While the other teams are focusing on this year’s championship, Citroen Racing has had the year away from competition and have been putting all their energies into developing a strong challenger in 2017.
The teams all-new 2017 WRC car has been undergoing rigorous all-weather testing in Portugal in recent weeks and Laurent Fregosi, Citroen Racing’s Technical Director, tells us things couldn’t be going better.
“During the tests, we have several objectives. Obviously, we want to check the reliability of the various components. The mileage done by each part is noted down to make sure it tallies with the specifications. But our work is also focussed on looking for performance and driver comfort.”
“Seeing our WRC car complete two long test sessions on demanding surfaces without encountering any major problems is very satisfying and just rewards for those who have been working on this project for over a year.”
It sounds like Citroen will be ready to go when the season-opening Rally Monte-Carlo rolls around again in early 2017.
“That point seems so far away, and yet it’ll be here before we know it!” said Fregosi.