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    Senior Member Fast Eddie WRC's Avatar
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    Wow, didnt see that one coming !

    Welcome to M-Sport Rhys, its good to have a Brit in the WRC2 team.

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    Yates's best WRC2 result was fourth in Monte last year, through numerous retirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomhlord View Post
    Rhys Yates in the new Fiesta R5 for M-Sport in WRC2, 8 rounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUB4mmHeLwE
    What a joke WRC2 will be, when a driver like Yates is there and not in WRC3! Just like WRC2 Pro & Pieniążek in 2019. Good job FIA once again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rp View Post
    What a joke WRC2 will be, when a driver like Yates is there and not in WRC3! Just like WRC2 Pro & Pieniążek in 2019. Good job FIA once again!
    Should FIA regulate who is good enough for WRC2? What about Fourmaux or Solberg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rp View Post
    What a joke WRC2 will be, when a driver like Yates is there and not in WRC3! Just like WRC2 Pro & Pieniążek in 2019.
    You are right. It seems anybody can be a factory driver these days.
    http://www.rallymadness.prv.pl - rally photos and movies!

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    WRC2/WRC2 Pro and now WRC3 never was and will not be about factory and not factory driver. It is only about money and your decision on beginning of the season if you want to do more expensive version (WRC2) or less expensive version (WRC3) of starts in WRC. For me it is crazy that with one and same car you can start in two different categories...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarek Z View Post
    You are right. It seems anybody can be a factory driver these days.
    Anyone can rent a car from M-Sport

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    CitroŽn Racing is to continue competing in the FIA World Rally Championship in association with its leading C3 R5 customers, beginning with this month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo and concluding in November in Japan after taking in many of the WRC’s classic fixtures. This stepped up programme with the C3 R5 will see development of the car – which has been ongoing since 2018 – continue in order to provide customers with an increasingly competitive car.

    PH Sport’s Mads ōstberg and Yohan Rossel will benefit from official backing from CitroŽn Racing and its partners Total and Michelin on respectively eight and six rounds of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship, with the French youngster enjoying additional support from the FFSA (Fťdťration FranÁaise de Sport Automobile). Nicolas Ciamin and Eric Camilli will also have assistance for the Rallye Monte-Carlo. Including private entries, a total of six C3 R5s are poised to start the 87th running of the WRC’s winter classic.



    CitroŽn Racing will be providing support for promising Frenchman Yohan Rossel, winner of last season’s French Rally Championship at first attempt in a C3 R5. As victor of the 208 RALLY CUP in 2018, Yohan earned a full campaign in his national series in 2019 and ended up clinching the crown on his home event, the Critťrium des Cťvennes. For 2020, the 24-year old will be part of the Equipe de France FFSA squad and will take part in six WRC3 events with the aim of learning and producing consistent performances. Co-driven by BenoÓt Fulcrand, his programme will kick off with the Rallye Monte-Carlo, before switching to gravel in Portugal, Italy and Finland, and concluding with Rallye Deutschland and Rally GB.



    Mads ōstberg and his co-driver Torstein Eriksen, who will team up with the French pair at PH Sport, have a calendar of eight WRC2 outings. The Norwegian is already familiar with the car following a season in WRC2 Pro in 2019 which he wrapped up with a class victory in Catalonia. Mads has considerable experience of the World Rally Championship thanks to a career spanning more than 10 years. In 2020, the Scandinavian pair has set its sights on the WRC2 title and will contest the same six events at Yohan Rossel/BenoÓt Fulcrand, along with trips to Sweden and Japan.



    The entry for the 2020 Rallye Monte-Carlo features four other C3 R5s, including one for Nicolas Ciamin who also plans to travel to six WRC3 rounds this season. The list continues with Yoann Bonato who made a considerable contribution to the car’s development in collaboration with CitroŽn Racing’s technical department. He is targeting a programme of several rallies this year, although the exact choice has yet to be settled. Eric Camilli, who topped the WRC2 class (since renamed WRC3) in Catalonia last autumn, will also drive a C3 R5 on the Rallye Monte-Carlo, as will the outgoing Spanish champion Pepe Lopez.



    The above French and Norwegian crews all attended a recent week-long test organised in the French Alps by CitroŽn Racing to help finetune their preparations for the Monaco classic which promises to be as fiercely fought as ever this time around.



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    Yohan Rossel (WRC3):

    “I am thrilled to be continuing my adventure with PSA Motorsport with backing from the FFSA [Fťdťration FranÁaise de Sport Automobile]. Thanks to CitroŽn and Peugeot one-make championships, we have managed to work our way up the ladder and we now have the good fortune to be embarking on our first full world-class season with help from CitroŽn, Total and Michelin. We have so much to learn and our aim is to stay clear of trouble and finish well at the end of the year. I am delighted to be teaming up with Mads. His experience of the world championship will clearly be a big help, especially on the Monte Carlo where tyre choice is such a big challenge. I won the two-wheel drive class on this event last year and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like with four-wheel drive!”



    Mads ōstberg (WRC2):

    “It’s great to be continuing with everyone in the team. We worked hard on the car’s development last year, with the main evolutions notably concerning its brakes, suspension and engine performance. That should give us a certain edge in 2020. Along with Torstein, our aim is to win as many rounds as possible and claim the title. I am very happy that our cooperation with CitroŽn is continuing and it’s nice to be joining forces with Yohan. It’s always positive to have a team-mate. I can hardly wait for this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo to get the season under way. We will do our absolute best to come away with a strong result.”



    Didier Clťment (Customer Competition Manager, CitroŽn Racing and Peugeot Sport):

    “Last season, our ongoing work on the C3 R5 allowed us to notch up numerous wins. For 2020, our objectives are to keep up the development momentum, step up our involvement in the sport’s leading national and international championships and provide our drivers with the means to shine in the C3 R5. The Rallye Monte-Carlo has long been an iconic event for CitroŽn and we are very glad to have the benefit of the experience and speed of Mads ōstberg who will team up with the talented Yohan Rossel. They are joined on the entry list by four other drivers who are just as ambitious and competitive as them. We are obviously pleased with the strong interest the C3 R5 has generated and we are eager to see it perform on this prestigious but also exacting rally.”





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    Yohan Rossel

    2014: 1st, CitroŽn Racing Trophy Junior (DS3 R1)

    2015: 3rd, CitroŽn Racing Trophy (DS3 R3)

    2016: 1st, CitroŽn Racing Trophy (DS3 R3)

    2017: four rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (DS3 R5)

    2018: 1st, 208 RALLY CUP (Peugeot 208 R2)

    2019: 1st, French Rally Championship (CitroŽn C3 R5)



    Yohan Rossel’s 2020 programme (WRC3):

    Monte Carlo (January 23-26), Portugal (May 21-24), Italy (June 4-7), Finland (August 6-9), Germany (October 15-18), Great Britain (October 29-November 1)



    Mads ōstberg

    127 WRC starts

    18 WRC Podiums, 1 win

    2007-2011: 1st, Norwegian Rally Championship

    2011: 2nd, Rally Sweden

    2012: 1st, Rally Portugal

    2013: 6th, WRC Drivers’ standings

    2014: 5th, WRC Drivers’ standings with CitroŽn Racing (DS3 WRC)

    2015: 4th, WRC Drivers’ standings (eight podium finishes) with CitroŽn Racing (DS3 WRC)

    2018: CitroŽn Racing (C3 WRC) - 2nd, Rally Finland

    2019: 2nd, WRC2 Pro vice-world championship (C3 R5) – 1st, Rally Sweden, Argentina and Catalunya



    Mads ōstberg’s 2020 programme (WRC2):

    Monte-Carlo (January 23-26), Sweden (February 13-16), Portugal (May 21-24), Italy (June 4-7), Finland (August 6-9), Germany (October 15-18), Great Britain (October 29-November 1), Japan (November 19-22)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    WRC2/WRC2 Pro and now WRC3 never was and will not be about factory and not factory driver. It is only about money and your decision on beginning of the season if you want to do more expensive version (WRC2) or less expensive version (WRC3) of starts in WRC. For me it is crazy that with one and same car you can start in two different categories...
    Nevertheless WRC2 looks ok this year with Ostberg, Veiby, Gryazin, Solberg(?) and the M-Sport dudes.

    It would have been nice to have seen a ‘proper’ WRC2/Pro series with full-calendar entries from Skoda, Hyundai, Citroen and M-Sport with same scoring rules as WRC and better media coverage than it has had previously, but maybe manufacturer demand wasn’t there for that, especially from the ones competing in the main class already?

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    If that would be the case soon the manus would quit WRC and then re-enter in WRC2. Oh wait, it's happening right now with Citroen and Skoda because it's cheaper.

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