Tour de Corse : Citroen / JWRC
Tonight Dani Sordo and Kris Meeke lie in first and second position respectively after the first leg of the Tour de Corse - Rallye de France.
The Kronos Racing team-mates have achieved a one-two on today's four stages to the great satisfaction
of Citroën's Customer programme team.
"With such an event format including only long stages, we know the situation can become very difficult if the cars don't have the right set-up straight away," explained engineer Alexis Avril. "We were looking forward to see what would happen in the first kilometres and we felt more confident quite quickly."
He added: "One thing is to be noticed on the reliability side : Kris experienced some brake problems at the end of the first loop. But we found the cause of it . With his 'left foot braking' technique, the front brake callipers were overheating. We've modified the brake balance with more at the back and Kris also managed that really well by changing his driving style. The second loop went well after that. "
Dani Sordo, who was crowned Spanish Rally Champion twelve days ago, was really happy, exactly like his elder Sebastien Loeb
: "Four stage wins out the four possible really pleased me. My C2 is working perfectly and I'm enjoying driving here on these fantastic stages. I was a bit cautious on the first passage as I was expecting very dirty roads with mud from the WRCs running before us. On the second loop, I followed Kris' pace thanks to the split times, while paying attention not to drive too much in the inside of the corners as our tyres aren't fitted with the ATS system. Tomorrow I will try to do exactly the same thing."
Even if Kris Meeke had to be satisfied with second fastest times, he wasn't disappointed tonight. He was rather happy in fact: "Today, I only conceded two tenths of a second per kilometre to Dani who is really fast and has driven much more than me on asphalt and who had competed here last year. I think it's not that bad ! Tomorrow I think I will push a bit harder after getting into the tarmac mode today. However, I keep in mind that like in Germany, I shouldn't make a mistake."
Press release Citroen Sport