june 16, 2019 - Citroen Racing

Citroën’s efforts go unrewarded

With Sébastien Ogier – Julien Ingrassia’s day brought to a premature end after they went off and #esapekkalappi#janneferm held up by a number of issues, Citroën Total World #rally Team experienced a very difficult opening leg on the Italian islan. 

  • Friday’s slow and technical stages, where average speeds barely reached 80kph, looked set to provide an extremely tough challenge for crews and cars alike, especially as high temperatures in Sardinia promised to add stifling heat to the equation.

  • Tyres were expected to be sorely tested in places on the dry, rough stages, meaning that a good strategy could prove decisive. Sébastien Ogier counted on his expertise in this area, attempting to make up for part of his substantial disadvantage of running first on the very loose Sardinian roads. After winning yesterday’s opening super special stage, Sébastien and Julien Ingrassia, his co- driver, inevitably conceded time today given the huge extent to which the roads clean, despite a smart tyre choice (3 Michelin hard tyres and 2 mediums) for the morning loop and pushing hard all the way. They were running ninth overall when they made a very rare mistake, hitting a large rock on the inside of a tight left-hand corner. They had no choice but to retire for the day. They will rejoin tomorrow under #rally 2 rules, looking to make use of the remaining stages as an in- competition test.

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