july 29, 2018 - Citroen Racing


Sun, 29/07/2018 - 19:45

Although they ultimately had to settle for a modest thirteenth position in the #wrc2 after having to rejoin under #rally 2 rules early in the weekend, #stephanelefebvre and Gabin Moreau nonetheless set some promising times, showing the potential of the C3 R5 on this very atypical round. Equally forced to rejoin under #rally 2 after an off, Simone Tempestini and Sergiu Itu ended the weekend in ninth position in the category.

You often need several appearances in Finland in order to come to terms with all of its specific features, such is its unique character. And you have to admit that this year, the iconic summer #rally once again lived up to its tough reputation. After running wide onto a bank as he exited a junction, #stephanelefebvre lost part of the rear axle on SS2, which meant he had to retire for the day and rejoin the race on Saturday under #rally 2 rules. From that point onwards, the talented 26 year-old Frenchman tried to get his bearings again and conduct a sort of full-scale test session as he gradually picked up the pace. He impressed with a sixth fastest time in the #wrc2 on the second stage of the day (+ 6.2s over 14.90km), muscling in on a large contingent of unrelenting local drivers. He then upped his pace again to set the second fastest time, just 7.3s off the pace on the 24km-long Kakaristo stage. This stage is of course the new version of the legendary and formidable Ouninpohja test, and the Citroën driver's time once again demonstrated the qualities of the C3 R5 at an event where it was making its competitive debut. #stephanelefebvre thus continued to acquire information for the future, all the while recording several promising times, and reached the finish in thirteenth position in the #wrc2 class. On his second #rally in the C3 R5 after Sardinia, Simone Tempestini – winner of the 2017 Citroën Ultimate Challenge – felt increasingly confident on these ultra-fast roads, particularly in claiming a sixth fastest time on SS9, but unfortunately he went off on Saturday (SS14). Citroën's engineers and mechanics produced a minor miracle to repair his car, working until late on Saturday night, enabling him to return to action on Sunday and reach the finish in ninth place in the #wrc2.

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