After a successful end of the 2018 season and two convincing test sessions, it is with a bloated morale that Guillaume de Mevius and Martijn Wydaeghe take the start of the Monte Carlo Rally. From the first specials played at night, the RNT driver stands out by achieving his first world scratch in WRC2 ...
"I'm confident with the car and my pre-rally tests have allowed me to find good set-ups. It's nice to see that we are at the level of the best ... "
Unfortunately, Friday started badly with a puncture that cost the Citroën C3 R5 crew at DG Sport Competition nearly 1'30''. And on the snowy stages, Guillaume lacked a little confidence. He managed however to limit the damage, returning to Gap at the end of the second day in 4th position in WRC2.
"With the passage of the WRC, the apexes erode and in a turn which I had noted as "apex to be checked ", I had to dive into it which resulted in a puncture. In accordance with Martijn, we decided not to stop and we finally lost less time than if we had changed the wheel. Afterwards, on the snow, I was a little too careful and I lost some time but in the dry, I was back on it".
Confirmation also on Saturday when Guillaume signs two new best times in WRC2 on the two passages on the "dry" special of St Léger-La Bâtie Neuve. The Citroën C3 R5 "black-yellow-red" returns to Monaco in the 3rd place in WRC2, behind Yohann Bonato and Stéphane Sarrazin. Cherry on top of the cake, the DG Sport Competition driver enters the Top 10 overall.
The final day starts off well with a solid time in the Turini special, which allows Guillaume de Mevius to widen the gap on the young French prospect Adrien Fourmaux. In the next special, Cabanette - Col de Braus, a small mistake in a right turn will be fatal to the RACB National Team crew. The car taps into a tree and tumbles down. End of the game for Guillaume and Martijn. But beyond this abandonment, they proved that they had all it took to fight at the forefront in WRC2. Appointment to confirm this potential in Corsica at the occasion of the next stage of the WRC2 program of the Citroën C3 R5 DG Sport Competition.