The Citroën DS3 WRCs Prepare For Their Debut On Tarmac
Three Citroën DS3 WRCs have been entered for the ADAC Rally Germany for Petter Solberg / Chris Patterson, Kimi Räikkönen / Kaj Lindström and Peter van Merksteijn Jr / Erwin Mombaerts with the backing of Citroën Racing Technologies. The three crews fettled in their cars in intense test sessions that left nothing to chance for this event, the first on tarmac in 2011.
The three drivers shared six days’ testing in Germany on roads in the Mosel vineyards and then in the Baumholder military camp. Almost 1200 kilometres – the equivalent of a complete rally per crew – were covered.
"After between six and eight months without racing on tarmac, it was necessary to spend at least two days finding our marks," said Benoît Nogier, the Citroën Racing Technologies team manager. "Our three crews were able to test the setups decided by the works team in the heart of the vines and on the special roads in the military camp. Peter Solberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Peter Van Merksteijn Junior were very happy with the solutions and were able to fine-tune their setups. We hope that our preparation will be translated into good times in the stages."
The Citroën DS3 WRCs took advantage of the variable weather to run on both wet and dry roads: "The situation was perfect to find our grip level in different conditions. We also worked on new tyres and their working windows. The drivers felt a bigger difference between the soft and hard rubber. Tyre choice will play a greater role than in the past. In all cases there’s no room for error.
Last year Kimi Räikkönen (ICE1 Racing), on his maiden outing in Rally Germany set his first quickest time in the FIA World Rally Championship. At the wheel of a Citroën WRC, the Finn topped the time sheets in the last city stage. This season the Power Stage will be Circus Maximus Trier.
Räikkönen, Oliveira confirmed for Rally Australia
Former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and the Brazil World Rally Team have both confirmed their presence on next month’s Rally Australia – an event that has been billed as the ‘Ultimate Dust-Up Down Under’.
There had been speculation that Raikkonen and his ICE 1 Racing Team-prepared Citroën DS3 WRC would not make the trip out to New South Wales’ Coffs Coast to participate in the tenth leg of the 2011 World Rally Championship from 8-11 September in its new venue. The Finn has not competed in the country since the 2009 Australian Grand Prix around Melbourne’s Albert Park, a race he failed to finish after suffering differential failure.
Meanwhile, the privateer Brazil World Rally Team will fly the flag for the iconic MINI brand on the event, with Daniel Oliveira behind the wheel of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC as part of his three-year driver development programme alongside Portuguese navigator Carlos Magalhaes.
The official Prodrive-run MINI effort is limiting itself to European rounds for its debut WRC campaign, but the David Richards-led operation will nonetheless provide operational and technical support for the Brazil World Rally Team. Rally Australia general manager Michael Masi contends that it will be an event not to be missed.
“The WRC is a dazzling spectacle played out in 13 locations around the globe,” he enthused. “This will be the 21st Rally Australia, but the first time people will be able to see it in this beautiful part of New South Wales. It will be an opportunity for spectators of all kinds to witness the skills of these spectacular drivers and experience all the exciting atmosphere of a world championship contest.
“They’re the gravel masters, riding their turbocharged machines from rest to 100km/h in three seconds, racing through the forests at more than 160km/h, jumping and sliding at impossible speeds. Spectators won’t have seen anything like it – it’s a stunning, unforgettable experience.”
Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström, who already showed a promising turn of speed in the previous rally in Greece, confirmed their progress in Finland. The ICE1 Racing driver started his third Rally Finland at a searing pace only a second per kilometre off the reference time, and finished the first leg in thirteenth place. He lost precious time due to a minor error on Friday morning. On the way back to Jyväskylä he got back into the rhythm and moved up to twelfth. Iceman’s confidence was now at full boost, and he upped the pace even further in the home stretch by overtaking his nearest rivals and finished in ninth place.
“These roads are as quick and as difficult as ever,” underlined the Finnish driver. But we still managed to set good times. I’d like to thank the many spectators who cheered us on during the weekend. We were able to maintain a good pace throughout the whole rally despite a few minor mistakes. It’s encouraging for the rest of the season.”
With both Citroën DS3 WRCs at the finish, Benoit Nogier, the Citroën Racing Technologies team manager, was pretty satisfied with the team’s overall performance in Rally Finland: “Kimi’s made a lot of progress since last season. He’s showing promising steadiness and he’s on the right track. Above all, he’s now getting used to finishing the rallies in the points. It’s both satisfying and very encouraging.” […]
Da TS.fi, traduzione Google
La prestazione di Räikkönen elogiata dagli esperti
Räikkönen non è considerato una persona mattiniera ma questa volta è partito velocemente sia il venerdì mattina, sia in particolar modo, il sabato.
Nella SS17 la sua Citroen ha colpito una roccia poi ha toccato con il posteriore contro degli alberi.
– “Il paraurti davanti si è staccato e l’aria si infilava sotto. Quando andavo un po’ più veloce, l’anteriore iniziava ad andare da tutte le parti e non stava più in pista. Non c’era ragione di andare veloci quando l’anteriore scivolava in tutte le direzioni”, ha detto Räikkönen.
Comunque la prestazione è stata notevole. L’apprezzamento nei confronti di Räikkönen è aumentato tra gli esperti.
– “Certamente da spettatore finlandese preferirei vedere Kimi continuare a vincere in F1, ma ora le cose stanno così. Kimi è nella posizione di poter guidare ciò che vuole. Lui vuole guidare i rally e tutti conoscono che controllo della macchina ha il ragazzo. Lui migliorerà come pilota di rally quando imparerà come fare le note e ad estrarre da esse il massimo delle informazioni”, pensa Lasse Lampi.
– “Non ci si dovrebbe limitare ad osservare e a dire, ‘oh, Kimi è di nuovo ottavo’. Io osservo la guida di Kimi in modo completamente diverso e penso che la sua prestazione sia stata migliore di quanto mi aspettassi”, dice Rauno Aaltonen.
– “Kimi dimostra di avere un buon controllo di nervi e di mente quando è in pista. I rally a questo livello sono comunque una battaglia e quando sei al limite, la probabilità di errore diventa sempre maggiore. Tanto di cappello per Kimi”.
Aaltonen si chiedeva anche del perchè della dichiarazione di Olivier Quesnel apparsa nel web, a proposito della sua delusione sul ritmo di Kimi.
– “Penso che sia stata una valutazione ingiusta. Bisogna capire che le persone guidano su diversi percorsi con diverse velocità. Un essere umano non è una macchina. Alcuni vanno meglio sulle strade veloci, altri danno il loro meglio su strade tortuose. Dipende completamente dalla macchina, dai muscoli e dal modo in cui uno pensa a dove guardare”, dice Aaltonen.
Nogier expects Räikkönen to show more Finland pace
Citroen Racing Technologies boss Benoit Nogier expects Kimi Raikkonen to be closer to the leading pace on Rally Finland next week. Finn Raikkonen is in his second season with the French team under Nogier’s stewardship and will tackle his home round of the world championship for the third time at the wheel of a Citroen DS3 WRC. “Kimi loves his country and his rally,” said Nogier. “He really enjoyed his two-day test and he got the car to handle to his liking. He has a logical approach. He was his usual self, did not get excited and kept his unflappable calm. The road show will help him to immerse himself in the ambiance of the rally. We hope he’ll drive a consistent race and close the gap to the frontrunners.” Before Rally Finland gets underway in Jyvaskyla on July 28, Raikkonen and Citroen team leader Sebastien Loeb will take part in the Red Bull Road Show event in the Finnish capital Helsinki tomorrow (Sunday).
Esibizione in Finlandia con la Citroen per Räikkönen e Loeb il 24/07/2011…
E gara di Kart a Bercy il 10-11 dicembre a Bercy!
Loeb aux côtés de Raikkonen, Ogier et Bourdais à Bercy
La participation de Sébastien Loeb aux ERDF Masters Kart, qui se dérouleront au Palais omnisports de Bercy les 10 et 11 décembre et seront diffusés sur Motors TV, a été confirmée. Le champion WRC rejoint d’autres pilotes de renom, comme Kimi Räikkonen, Sébastien Bourdais, Sébastien Ogier ou Jean-Eric Vergne.
Le pilote Citroën Racing prendra part à l’évènement pour la première fois et a déjà essayé le kart électrique Sodi STX développé pour l’occasion par Sodikart. Cette compétition électrique est une première pour les Masters Kart, qui s’inscrivent dans la lignée des Masters de Karting de Bercy, qui ont vu s’affronter Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna ou Michael Schumacher. Outre les vingt pilotes vedette attendus, la Fédération française de sport automobile amènera les dix meilleurs pilotes internationaux de karting. Les ERDF Masters Kart auront lieu une semaine après la Race of champions, qui ne se déroulera pas à Francfort mais à Düsseldorf car la ville initialement organisatrice accueille ce week-end là un match dans le cadre du championnat allemand de foot.
Su una WRC (ovviamente), il prossimo 24 luglio.
Kimi Räikkönen is excited about show drive: Cool!
Kimi Räikkönen will join on Red Bull’s show drive at Helsinki city in the end of July. Kimi seems to be very excited and is waiting for the show.
Citroën will bring to Helsinki their full WRC-equipment, and with Kimi on the steering wheel there will be Citroën’s big star, Sebastien Loeb, 7th time WRC world champion.
– I have once been part of similar show like this, it was last year at Portugal. It is very entertaining, specially for the crowd. Let’s see what kind of road there will be at Helsinki. Very cool, Kimi tells to Iltalehti.
The idea of the show was Red Bull’s, and Kimi does not have part of the planning. Red Bull will organize the show and take all permissions wich are needed.
– I heard about it some time ago. Of course permissions have a big part on this that the show can be organized.