Ogier convinced of Citroen’s potential after comeback test


The Frenchman, who has departed M-Sport after back-to-back drivers’ titles, drove the Citroen on a gravel development test in the Algarve area of southern Portugal.

Thursday and Friday were Ogier’s first miles of any significance in the car. He first drove a C3 – with M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson’s blessing – in France in September.

Six-time champion Ogier said: “It’s an interesting challenge and I really think there’s potential, with the equipment here to write a nice story.

“But that’s not something that you can do on your own.

“This is just the first day, so from here on it’s going to be important to quickly see what works and what works less well to try to feel as well prepared as possible from Monte-Carlo.”

Ogier will test the Citroen for a further two days in the French Alps later this month, as he prepares himself for next month’s season opener, the Monte Carlo Rally.

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Ogier said his two days in Portugal had been key to assessing which areas of the car needed immediate focus.

“[This is] an important test focussing on dampers, which are obviously key in rallying,” Ogier said.

“So we’re straight into one of the most important aspects to check and take decisions about, which will have an influence on the future.

“There are of course lots of areas for us on the car to look at and this will take a bit of time: differential, for example, but again but my initial feeling is not too bad and I’m sure we’ll find the right solutions quite quickly.”



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