The summer recess is over for the World Rally Championship, and a few mere kilometres from their home base at Theux the DG Sport Compétition team will be taking on the special stages of the World Rally Championship. Two Citroën C3 R5 have been entered by the Belgian team at the start of the ADAC Rally Deutschland, the first in WRC2-Pro for the Norwegian Mads Østberg and his compatriot Torstein Eriksen, whereas Guillaume de Mévius and Martijn Wydaeghe will be discovering the wide variety of the German course in the WRC2 class.
“It’s an event I’m looking forward to tackle, Mads Østberg commented. We have recorded great progress on asphalt with the C3 R5, and I’m pretty confident. The car’s development is following the right course. This will be my first opportunity to drive the Citroën on this surface, but I’m full of enthusiasm to take on this challenge, and I’m looking forward to see the outcome of the in-depth work we put in this summer.”
Motivation gaily shared in the ranks of DG Sport Compétition… “Two days of works’ tests in Alsace have in fact contributed to further evolving the car in those conditions, Alain Georges, the man in charge of DG Sport Compétition added. In fact Mads drove last Friday, in addition to the ‘Monday Test’. Quite obviously he has arrived in Germany will prepared, and it’s going to be fast moving. When it comes to the title in WRC2-Pro, the team has no intention of finishing 2nd in the category. The first special stages will reveal the potential of one and all. But the trust is there … “
Quite logically Guillaume de Mévius and Martijn Wydaeghe’s objectives are more modest, all the more so as during his discovery of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the driver bearing the colours of the RACB National Team will be up against some serious competition in WRC2…
“We need to remain realistic; we are not at the start with a view to going all out for victory, Guillaume de Mévius explained. The majority of my main rivals have a solid experience of this event, and to compare myself to them will be both interesting and enhancing. Especially with a view to the future. Having said that, this should not prevent us from clocking up some keen times on certain special stages which are similar to the ones we know in Belgium. Having competed in the Rallye de la Plaine, I was also able to carry out test sessions last Saturday. As such the preparation is now ideal. It’s now up to us to pace ourselves based on those initial times …”
"Guillaume worked hard during his participation in the Rallye de la Plaine, Alain Georges continued. It was a delight to observe his motivation, and he managed to seriously reduce the gap with the race leaders. At the Monte-Carlo we saw some great things, and we expect to see more during this Rally Deutschland. The main objective is to clock up some times in the wake of the best, but also to take advantage of the unavoidable damages during the fierce battles amongst the numerous favourites in WRC2…”
So, it is quite clear cut, in the ranks of DG Sport Compétition everyone is ready to tackle this event with its atypical and varied course. Rendezvous at the special stages or on the banks of the Bostalsee, the event’s nerve centre …