Citroen shares its forces In order to maximise its chances of retaining its titles in the FIA World Rally Championship, Citroen Racing will make some changes to its nominations in the second half of the 2010 season. Sebastien Ogier and Julien ...
Citroen shares its forces
In order to maximise its chances of retaining its titles in the FIA World Rally Championship, Citroen Racing will make some changes to its nominations in the second half of the 2010 season. Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia will join the ranks of the Citroen Total World Rally Team in Finland, Japan and Great Britain. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti will play their usual role on the four asphalt rounds.
At the end of the first six rallies of the 2010 season, the results are positive for Citroen Racing: Sebastien Loeb leads the drivers' championship with 126 points in front of Sebastien Ogier with 88 points. Citroen Racing is also first in the team's standings, with a total of 189 points. For Citroen Racing, the goals remain the same as they have been since the start of the season: keeping both world titles. In order to help achieve this, adjustments will be made in the nominations for both Citroen Total World Rally Team and the Citroen Junior Team.
Having made an exemplary start to the start to the season, crowned by a win in Portugal, Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have been able to demonstrate both their speed and their intelligence in managing a rally.
Their consistent progress has earned them a Citroen World Rally Team nomination for the three pure gravel rallies at the end of the season: Finland, Japan and Great Britain.
On those three rallies, Dani Sordo and Marc Marti will drive for the Citroen Junior Team, which is currently third in the manufacturers' rankings with 106 points. The Spanish crew will fulfil its usual obligations with the Citroen Total World Rally Team on the four asphalt rallies in the second half of the season: Bulgaria, Germany, France and Spain.
Having already racked up 11 podiums on this surface, they now have another opportunity to bring their valuable contribution to the conquest of another manufacturers' championship.
"Even if we currently hold the advantage in both World Rally Championship classifications, we need to make sure that every opportunity comes our way," said Olivier Quesnel, the director of Citroen Racing.
"The 2009 season showed just how easily a favourable situation can reverse itself. Looking at the way things have gone in the first part of the season, it seems that Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia would be able to help us to achieve our objectives on gravel. But I do not want people to think that this reflects in any way badly on Dani Sordo and Marc Marti. They have had a slightly troubled start to the season and they need to get their confidence back. Driving in the Citroen Junior Team will give them the chance to compete without pressure and rediscover their form. Given the performance of our crews since the start of the season, I think that this will be the best line-up to help us meet our targets."