From the start to the finish, Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson followed in the footsteps of their elders Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Francois Duval/Sven Smeets. Like the Xsara WRC, the C2 Super 1600 won sixteen stages out...
From the start to the finish, Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson followed in the footsteps of their elders Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Francois Duval/Sven Smeets. Like the Xsara WRC, the C2 Super 1600 won sixteen stages out of the nineteen possible, lead the rally all the way and claimed a magnificent one-two.
Kris Meeke was lying second last night only 11,7 seconds behind his team-mate but continue to fight for victory on the final leg today. He set the fastest time on the first stage climbing to only 5,3 seconds behind Dani Sordo. "We pushed really hard there" said Colin McRae's protege.
Dani Sordo responded by increasing his pace on stage 15 and regained 4,5 seconds. "I think we're close to the limit" admitted Marc Marti. The gap was only of 10,9 seconds then.
This tense situation finished on stage 16, Birkenfeld Land : "In a village, explained Kris, the inside of a left corner was a hidden stone. I didn't see anything but I immediately felt the tyre was punctured."
The crew reacted with a real British self control and a great speed : within less than a minute and forty seconds the wheel was replaced, even if Glenn burnt his hands in the process. First place wasn't possible to claim anymore but second position still secured as their chaser Guy Wilks lay over two minutes and a half behind. In these conditions, both drivers completed the three remaining stages at a controlled pace without any other problems.
Congratulated over the phone by his mentor Carlos Sainz, Dani was jubilating : "Considering the work accomplished by the team and the C2 Super 1600's potential on tarmac, I was naturally hoping for a good result. I was dreaming of another win despite not feeling well and the pressure Kris put on us all week end. I'm also really happy to offer C2 its fourth victory of the season. This motivates me for the end of the championship"
Followed all event by Colin McRae, present during each service, Kris Meeke was however a bit disappointed : "It's a real pity we had that puncture. The fight with Dani was fantastic. But I'm not sure that we could have conquered the first place. To finish second here is for me a great result on my first outing in Germany !"
Alexis Avril, the technical manager of Citroen Sport's customer programme was also extremely satisfied. "We could have claimed that one-two several times before, said the engineer. It's good that we finally did it. We will work on the brake problems we encountered on both cars and I hope we will be even more competitive in Corsica."
For Yves Matton :"the intense but loyal fight between our two drivers didn't lead them to make a mistake. Knowing where is the limit is something we ask to the professional drivers they hope to become. Their performance today gives us a good perspective for the championship."