All Aboard for a High-Speed Summer!
Having arrived in Poland, the DS 3 WRCs are going to up the pace. On much smoother, flowing roads than in Argentina, Portugal and Italy, the WRC kicks off a high-speed summer in Poland, before heading for Finland.
In Mikołajki, Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson and Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle will be driving the two DS 3 WRCs entered. The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team lies second in the Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship just ahead of the halfway point of the season. Before heading for Poland, Kris Meeke took part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed in a DS 3 WRC.
After Argentina, Portugal and Italy, three rallies that once again lived up to their reputation as rough, demanding events, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team arrives in Poland to start the summer at a difference pace.
Average speeds on the stages around Mikołajki were close to 120kph in 2014. Rally Poland serves up a unique route on the calendar, with some very fast sections. More so than anywhere else, performance is dictated here by the commitment of the driver and the set-up of the WRCs.
For the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, the aim is therefore to find solutions that will give the crews plenty of confidence. The DS 3 WRCs have been prepared to absorb vertical loads as much as possible at very high speeds.
The revised itinerary is not expected to change the character of the event dramatically; the roads will be very smooth and flowing on the opening pass, with deeper lines on the second runs. As the aerodynamics of the cars cannot be altered, it is necessary to work on the chassis and suspension to help the drivers go fast.
On such a quick surface, the work of the tyres is also very different. The versatility of the soft compound Michelin LTX Force S4 tyres will help optimise the grip levels on these roads. The upgrade delivered in the second half of the 2014 season has already proven successful and is expected to be especially competitive in Poland.
Currently lying second in the World Rally Championship, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson are the only crew to have scored points at every round so far this year. In fact, they are on a run of nine consecutive points-finishes in the DS 3 WRC. Meanwhile, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are seventh in the standings and could therefore enjoy a cleaned racing line during the first two days of the rally.
Entered in the FIA WRC2 Championship, Stéphane Lefebvre and Stéphane Prévot will once again be competing in a DS 3 RRC. This event, won by Stéphane Lefebvre last year on his way to the FIA Junior WRC title, has played an important part in the development of the young French driver. He will continue his season in this category in Finland, before tackling Rallye Deutschland in August in a DS 3 WRC.