Rossel pinpoints the main weakness of Citroen C3 Rally2 on gravel

Yohan Rossel reveals the main disadvantage of C3 Rally2 and says that Citroen is working on reducing the weight of the car in order to close the gap from Skoda admitting that he had to adjust his driving style on gravel due to the chassis.

The French car brand has won two out of four events in WRC2 class so far this season with Rossel and Nikolay Gryazin being victorious in Monte Carlo and Croatia respectively. Citroen brought many upgrades to the C3 Rally2 in 2023 which were related to the engine, the suspension, the software, the differentials and the aerodynamic package while the team made many improvements ahead of Croatia Rally, including a new radiator. Moreover, many changes are set to be done during this season which are mainly based on the gravel set-up as Rossel has detected some weak points of the car on this surface and wants to close his gap from his Skoda rivals. 

Rally de Portugal is about to start in less than a week and Citroen Racing will field three cars on the fifth WRC round with Rossel, Gryazin and Marco Bulacia getting behind the wheel of the C3 Rally2.

"Last year I was a bit alone", Rossel said.

"You don’t understand when you compare to ┼ákoda, who has six or seven fast drivers.

"The weight is too high. 

"The team worked very well this winter, but for sure we don’t have the same weight as ┼ákoda on gravel. 

"We know that. 

"But we work with that and the plan is to do the maximum and the constructor is also improving the car.

"When the grip is high, the car works very well, but on muddy sections, it’s so difficult. 

"Last year we had a lot of rallies with mud, with a lot of rain. 

"But I work a little bit on gravel for my driving style, and on the car for the constructor. 

"But let’s see.

"It’s not the engine but the chassis and understanding the chassis when the grip is low is the most important".


Photo Credits: Citroen Racing

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