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ERC-bound Citroën set for first rally

ERC-bound Citroën set for first rally

09/11/2017 12:00

The car that Citroën hopes will bring it on-stage success from 2018 gets its first public airing on Rallye du Var in France later this month.

Recently-crowned national champion Yoann Bonato will drive the Citroën C3 R5 on the French championship finale as one of the course-opening zero cars.

Once homologated by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, the C3 R5 will be eligible for the European Rally Championship.

Indeed, two notable ERC graduates, Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre, have helped to notch up more than 4000 kilometres of development running.

Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal, said: “It made perfect sense to me to ask him to drive the Citroën C3 R5 on its first public outing at Rallye du Var. It will put the spotlight on an excellent driver, who has actively participated in the development of our new customer racing product. Rallye du Var gives us the opportunity to show the car to anyone who is really interested; it will also enable the technical team to assess the maturity of the development in different conditions to those you get in a test session.”

Rallye du Var takes place from 23-26 November.

Filip Mareš has earned the support of one of Czech Republic’s best ever rally drivers following his impressive maiden season in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Romain Dumas is swapping the stages of the FIA European Rally Championship for the 6.120-kilometre Circuito da Guia, venue of this week’s FIA GT World Cup.

Dávid Botka continued his strong end-of-season run with fifth place on Rallye Waldviertel in Austria last weekend.

Castrol Ford Team Turkey’s run of success in the FIA European Rally Championship is set to continue in 2018 when the Istanbul squad embarks on its third successive ERC campaign.

Julian Wagner had not one but three reasons to celebrate at the finish of Rallye Waldviertel on Saturday evening.

Raimund Baumschlager, who guided Marijan Griebel to the inaugural FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship crown this season, has extended his record-breaking tally of Austrian rally titles to 14 following his success on Rallye Waldviertel today.