Mads Østberg laid down the law with the Citroën C3 R5 at the end of a spectacular Rally Sweden
Right from the first appearance of the Citroën C3 R5 DG Sport Compétition in the new WRC-2 Pro category, the Norwegian Mads Østberg clinched victory at the end of a particularly demanding Rally Sweden, which saw competitors having to juggle between snow, ice and a ‘soup’. Conditions made even more treacherous due to a thaw, which saw Østberg manage the situation to the best of his abilities limiting the risks and avoiding all costly time mistakes, resulting in an 11th place overall in the raking.
Mads found himself with an even more encouraging result, seeing his car had been set-up during the preparatory tests in Sweden in ‘full snow’ conditions, which was far from the case of the actual rally held this weekend.
“With this first victory in WRC-2 Pro our objective has been achieved, the Team Manager Alain Georges commented. I would like to highlight Mads’ brilliant performance, who did not make a single mistake in these highly difficult conditions. He needed to deal with the new Michelin tyres, while the car’s set-up was not ideal due the entirety different weather conditions than those experienced during our earlier test sessions. Our thanks to Citroën Racing and Michelin for their support during this event. I would like to link this victory to our staff who put in a fabulous job, once again producing a highly reliable and top performing machine. Following on from a Monte-Carlo where performance was on hand, and with Guillaume de Mévius behind the wheel, the Citroën C3 R5 has confirmed its full potential, with an important margin of progress that DG Sport Compétition will be further looking to optimise ..
From his side Mads Østberg impatiently awaits the next step … “From the beginning to the end of the weekend we focussed on the category’s leadership, the Norwegian added. Our ambition now is to further build on the car’s performance, but it’s a long championship and there are loads of opportunities to make the Citroën C3 R5 even more competitive.”
The WRC-2 Pro competition continues from the 26th through to the 28th April in Argentina. DG Sport Compétition’s objective is quite clearly to further confirm the excellent performances produced in Sweden.