A maiden world class win for the CitroÃ«n C2 S1600 For the second time in its young career, a C2 Super 1600 was entered in the JWRC for Colin McRae's protÃ©gÃ© Kris Meeke and Daniel Sordo, who is closely followed by Carlos Sainz, both of whom...
A maiden world class win for the Citroën C2 S1600
For the second time in its young career, a C2 Super 1600 was entered in the JWRC for Colin McRae's protégé Kris Meeke and Daniel Sordo, who is closely followed by Carlos Sainz, both of whom have put their faith in cars run by Kronos Racing.
And the two youngsters can only be pleased their choice since the British crew Kris Meeke/Chris Patterson won the category, while the Spanish pairing of Daniel Sordo/Marc Marti finished in 4th position. The C2 Super 1600 was fastest on six of the thirteen stages run, including two one-twos.
Kris Meeke proved to have the patience required when driving a 1600cc car in the demanding World Championship. Delayed by a slow puncture in SS1 and alarmed by the way the softest compound option proposed by the Junior Championship's tyre supplier climbed sharply in temperature, Kris and his co-driver Chris kept their calm in the early phase of the event.
Kris concentrated on fine-tuning his car's set-up with a view to harmonising the way his C2 and his tyres - which are new to the Citroën - functioned together. As the handling was optimised, he was progressively able to up his pace although, like the others, he had a few 'moments', including a spin which ended in contact with the scenery on SS9 and two other 'scares' in the Col de Turini test. However, the pressure applied by the Citroën youngster on the leader finished by paying off since he inherited the lead after SS12 and held on to his advantage until the end. "This was my third Monte Carlo Rally, my first JWRC win and also the C2's first win. We owe much of this to Citroën Sport. Yves Matton and Alexis Avril have worked with Sébastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae! And Kronos Racing is a strong team. This event has marked an important step forward for me…"
Daniel Sordo's rally began in nightmarish fashion when a loose brake connection deprived him of front brakes in SS1 and SS2, while his attempt to make repairs between the two stages cost him a further 20 seconds in time penalties and the incident dropped him to last position in his category, four minutes adrift of the leader. However, he immediately showed his mental strength by posting a fastest time in SS3. Conscious that the most important thing was going to be keeping clear of mistakes and finishing, Daniel put in other top times and, profiting from the experience of his co-driver Marc Marti as he fought his way back up the leaderboard, the Spaniard ultimately finish 4th, a little over two minutes behind his category-winning team-mate. The performance gives a glimpse of his potential. "I am both disappointed for what happened early in the event and delighted with the final result. I wouldn't have thought it possible at one point. The potential shown by the team and the car is a very positive point and the car is going to evolve. I am optimistic for the rest of the season…"