CITROËN ALREADY FOCUSED ON 2020
55th Rally RACC Catalunya Costa Daurada Rally de España (24 – 27 October 2019)
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia’s hopes of a strong points finish were dashed by a hydraulics issue on SS2 and despite showing significant progress on tarmac, the French duo were unable to prevent the drivers’ and co-drivers’ world titles being claimed by their rivals this weekend.
Following a strong start to Friday’s opening leg on gravel, winning the first stage, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia saw their chances of victory dealt a fatal blow by a hydraulics issue on the next stage. The French pair then focused on making it to the end of the rally in the best possible position. Having moved up to eighth overall on Saturday, confirming the progress of the C3 WRC on tarmac with several strong times, they continued to run in-competition tests on Sunday aimed at future outings on this surface.
Ogier and Ingrassia’s efforts were unfortunately not enough to prevent Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja from winning the drivers’ and co-drivers’ world titles. The Citroën Total World Rally Team will now turn its attention to 2020, determined to enable the French duo to take back their number one spot. It will approach the final round of the season in Australia (14 – 17 November) with the same fighting spirit as usual and the clear intention to finish the 2019 season – in which it has already claimed eleven podiums and three overall wins – in style.