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GP Week : Issue 11
CITROEN Sport’s team director Olivier Quesnel has dispelled an emphatic rumour that Citroen Sport was about to abandon rallies in favour of DTM racing in Germany. “The reality was that I went to watch the race at Hockenheim at the invitation of the DTM organisers on behalf of Citroen, to see what happens. For me the most important thing I wanted to discover concerned what they did in the field of promotion and marketing. “I found there is a lot that rallying could learn from the way they do things. I am sure there is not enough global promotion for the world rally championship.” Quesnel, pictured right, also commented on a number of current WRC questions, including the planned new WRC category rules: “We are OK with the proposed regulations, and I think all the manufacturers are in unanimous agreement. “It is not yet decided what will be the base car for the new formula for Citroen. By the regulations we must first make a regular Super 2000 car before we can progress to Super 2000-plus. This will happen during the year 2010. We will not make a Super 2000 car before then.” After so many years of close liaison with BF Goodrich, how does Citroen Sport react to the single supplier tyre rules, which means working with Pirelli? “So far there has been no problem. We are still a little anxious about the tyres to be used on tarmac when it is raining but I think there will be a solution for that. Certainly the FIA is aware of this worry.” What does Citroen Sport feel about the current state of the world rally championship, having just two major protagonists, Citroen and Ford? “In fact, we can look around at all the other championships. It is normal only to have two manufacturers fighting seriously for a title – Ferrari and McLaren in Formula 1; SEAT and BMW in WTCC, and so on. Every time just two manufacturers. Rallying is no different.” And rumours about the motivation of Sebastien Loeb? “You can see what has been happening on this rally. He wouldn’t be winning if he did not have motivation. Goodness knows how it would be if he drove like that if he didn’t have motivation! There is no problem with him!” Citroen boss dispels quit rumours Super 2000 WRC Kit definition days away THE FIA expects that the definition of the controversial supplemental kit to be fitted to Super 2000 cars, so they can comply with the new World Rally Car rules to come into effect in 2010, will be finalised this week. Jacques Berger, FIA’s Technical Department Head, announced at last weekend’s WRC round that he had secured the agreement of all the current manufacturers to his proposals, which will then be passed to the World Council for confirmation in June. Anxious to dispel wild rumours about the virtually unlimited tuning opportunities available under the new rules, Berger (right) stated “the final rules will permit cars to have performance at a level between the current World Rally Cars and the current Super 2000 cars. Also, the current policy under N4, of equivalence of performance between Super 2000 cars and orthodox Group N cars, continues with specific extra modifications allowed for Group N cars.” The FIA has already stated that these will include the use of a 32mm as opposed to 34mm turbo restrictor, and revisions to rear suspension design. The FIA is also to proceed with the revolutionary plan to limit modifications according to how much modification can be carried out (to an existing Super 2000 car) within specific time limit. “This will be done at the homologation application procedure. So far as engine modifications are concerned, this will be done by checking the time to swap an existing complete Super 2000 engine with a complete turbocharged Super 2000+ version.” 11 WRC news >>