Citroën World Rally Team

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Citroën
Full name Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Base France Versailles, France
Team principal(s) Yves Matton
Technical director Xavier Mestelan-Pinon
Drivers United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Norway Mads Østberg
Co-drivers Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
Sweden Jonas Andersson
Chassis Citroën DS3 WRC
Tyres Michelin
World Rally Championship career
Debut 2000
Constructors' Championships 8 (2003-2005, 2008-2012)
Drivers' Championships 9 (2004-2012)
Rally wins 93

The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team is the Citroën factory backed entry into the World Rally Championship, run by Citroën Racing.

The team[edit]

Management[edit]

  • Yves Matton – team director
  • Xavier Mestelan-Pinon – technical director

Partners[edit]

History[edit]

1990–1998 seasons[edit]

The Citroen ZX Rally raid won the Rally raid Constructors' Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997 with Pierre Lartigue and Ari Vatanen.

Citroen also won the Dakar Rally in 1991, 1994, 1995, and 1996. In addition, Citroen won the Pharaons Rally in 1991, the Tunisia rally in 1992 and the Paris-Moscow-Beijing Rally in 1992

1998–2000 seasons[edit]

Citroën Xsara Kit car at the 1998 Rallye Cantabria

In 1998, following its withdrawal from Rally raid competition, Citroën Sport began competing in rallying with the Xsara Kit Car. Equipped with a 2L engine developing 280 hp more than 8 000 rpm, this car started competing in the French Rally Championship in 1998. At the wheel, Philippe Bugalski won drivers titles in 1998 and 1999, and Sébastien Loeb won the driver title in 2001.

In addition to the French championship, Citroën also entered the Xsara Kit Car on asphalt rounds of the World Rally Championship, Bugalski finishing fifth on the cars WRC debut on Rally Catalunya in April 1998, while Jesús Puras retired with engine problems. On Tour de Corse, Fabien Doenlen finished seventh and Patrick Magaud finished tenth. Bugalski retired with broken suspension. On Rallye Sanremo, Magaud finished 11th, Puras retired with engine problems and Bugalski crashed out.

In 1999, Bugalski and Puras were entered in Xsara Kit Cars on the three asphalt rallies again, and Bugalski won in Catalunya and Corsica, Puras finishing runner-up in Corsica.

2001 season[edit]

In 2001, the Citroën Xsara T4 WRC debuted on selected rounds of the WRC.[1] Jesús Puras won in Corsica,[1] while at Sanremo Sébastien Loeb finished second on his first WRC rally in a WRC car.

Loeb and the team also dominated in the first Junior World Rally Championship season with the Citroën Saxo VTS S1600.[2]

2002 season[edit]

Citroën Xsara WRC at the Finland in 2002

For the 2002 season, Citroën contested 8 of the 14 Championship rounds.[1] Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena provisionally won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally but due to an illegal tyre change, received a time penalty demoting him to second. He later won his first rally at Rallye Deutschland.[1] The team also got a third place finish on the Safari Rally with Thomas Radstrom.[1]

2003 season[edit]

For 2003, Citroën entered their first full year in the World Rally Championship. They signed former World Champions Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz from Ford. Bugalski was also entered in a fourth car on asphalt rallies. The team won the first event of the season, Rallye Monte Carlo, with a 1–2–3 finish,[1] with Loeb winning ahead of McRae and Sainz.[1] Loeb also won Rallye Deutschland and Rallye Sanremo. Sainz won the Rally of Turkey. In their first full year, the team took the Manufacturers' championship,[1] while Loeb finished second to Petter Solberg in the Drivers' championship. Sainz finished third and McRae was seventh.

2004 season[edit]

Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2004 Cyprus Rally

Citroën reduced their team for 2004, dropping McRae. Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally, the Swedish Rally, the Cyprus Rally, the Rally of Turkey, Rallye Deutschland and Rally Australia.[1] Sainz won at Rally Argentina. Loeb won his first Drivers' championship.[1] The team took the Manufacturers' championship.[1] Sainz won on Rally Argentina and finished fourth in the standings.

The team expanded their efforts in the JWRC with the Citroën C2 S1600.

2005 season[edit]

For the 2005 season, the primary drivers were Loeb and François Duval.[1] Due to a string of poor performances, Duval was replaced by Sainz for Turkey and Greece.[1] Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally, Rally New Zealand, Rally Italia Sardinia, Rally Cyprus, the Rally of Turkey, the Acropolis Rally, Rally Argentina, Rallye Deutschland, Rallye de France, and Rally Catalunya on his way to win the Drivers' Championship.[1] Duval took his debut win at the Rally Australia.[1] Citroën took the Manufacturers' championship.[1]

2006 season[edit]

Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2006 Rally Australia

For 2006, Citroën WRT took a one year sabbatical, while developing a new car. Loeb was joined by Xavier Pons and third-driver Dani Sordo at the semi-privateer team Kronos Citroën, which received significant funding from Citroën Sport running their Xsara WRC cars. Sordo was soon promoted to second driver over Pons. Meanwhile Loeb again won the Drivers' title, despite missing events in Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, after breaking his arm in a mountain biking accident. He was replaced by former world champion Colin McRae for Turkey, who was then replaced by Pons for Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.[1]

2007 season[edit]

For the 2007 season, Citroën officially re-entered the World Rally Championship with the all new C4 WRC, driven by Loeb and Sordo.[1] Loeb diced with Ford's Marcus Grönholm throughout the year, only securing his record-equaling fourth straight Drivers' title at the final event, the Rally GB.[3] Loeb won in Monte Carlo, Mexico, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, Spain, France and Ireland.[1] Sordo ended the season in 4th place. At the end of the season, Guy Fréquelin resigned as team principal, and was replaced by Olivier Quesnel.

2008 season[edit]

Citroën C4 WRC at the 2008 Rally Catalunya

Loeb and Sordo continued as the team's drivers.[1] At the 2008 Monte Carlo Rally, Loeb won, while [4] Sordo suffered engine trouble, and was forced to retire, rejoining under the Superally rules.[4]

The season culminated in the team winning both the drivers' (Loeb) and manufacturers' titles ahead of, respectively, Mikko Hirvonen and Ford. In a typically dominant year after the retirement of Grönholm, Loeb's eleven wins for the season, including a last-day success at the season-ending Wales Rally GB over erstwhile leader, Jari-Matti Latvala's Ford Focus, broke his existing 2005 record (10) for the greatest number of wins for one driver in an individual season, as well as bringing his own career total of WRC rally victories to 47. A still winless Sordo, with 65 points, nevertheless accomplished third in the drivers' standings.

2009 season[edit]

Loeb and Sordo were retained for the 2009 season. Loeb won the opening five events of the season, but suffered a mid-season drop in form and fell behind Mikko Hirvonen in the standings. However, he won the title by one point after winning the final two rounds of the season. Sordo finished third in the standings, scoring seven podium finishes, but still no wins.

2010 season[edit]

Loeb and Sordo were retained again for the 2010 season. Loeb won in Mexico, Jordan, Turkey and Bulgaria. Citroën Junior Team driver and Citroën protégé Sébastien Ogier won in Portugal, increasing the pressure on the still-winless Dani Sordo. Loeb took again the driver's crown for the 7th time in a row, while Sordo managed 5th. Alongside Loeb, Sordo and Ogier's performances Citroen took yet another manufacturer title.

2011 season[edit]

Loeb was joined by Ogier permanently for 2011, as he replaced Sordo. Ogier and Loeb took 5 wins each with the brand new Citroën DS3 WRC. Loeb finished again on top spot retaining his title for his 8th consecutive time while Ogier finished 3rd in the standings, Citroën also took the manufacturer crown.

2012 season[edit]

After Ogier's departure to Volkswagen, Mikko Hirvonen, former Ford driver, was signed by Citroën for 2012 driving the second DS3 joining Loeb. Loeb took his first victory of the season on the 80th Monte Carlo Rally, and secured wins also in, Mexico, Argentina and Greece. Mikko Hirvonen also won the Rally de Portugal but he was disqualifed for breaking the rules and regulations with illegal clutch and turbo.

2013 season[edit]

The 2013 season started off with the Monte Carlo rally. Sébastien Loeb won his final Monte Carlo rally, whilst teammates Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo were placed 5th and 3rd. In Sweden Hirvonen and Sordo both crashed out, and Loeb narrowly missed out on another win, as he was denied by fellow Frenchman Sébastien Ogier in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC. At Rally Guanajuato México Loeb (only competing in 4 rallies in his final WRC season) was absent and would not return until Rally Argentina. Sordo finished 4th with Hirvonen in 2nd. During the next event Dani Sordo pushed hard for his first victory, unfortunately whilst battling with Ogier he clipped a tree and that ended his challenge. Hirvonen then inherited a successive 2nd place finish. The 33rd Rally Argentina would see the return of Loeb, who took a commanding final victory. During the first stage of the Acropolis rally Hirvonen's steering rack failed and came loose resulting in Dani Sordo leading the challenge for Citroën. Sordo eventually finished 2nd. In Sardegna the team struggled to take the challenge to Volkswagen, Hirvonen's DNF and Sordo's 4th place was a disappointing result. Because of a disappointing first half to the season, the team decided to give Ulsterman Kris Meeke a chance with the with a 3rd Citroën DS3 WRC in Finland. Sordo finished 5th, and Mikko Hirvonen in 3rd, despite a high speed, 6th gear spin. Meeke was instantly on the pace of the WRC regulars, even though he was held up by Qatar World Rally Teams's Evgeny Novikov. His rally ended in trees, when he rolled at high speed with only 1 stage to run. After a strong showing by Meeke, it left Sordo under pressure to perform, as not to lose his seat with the team. Hirvonen finished 3rd in Germany, a good result on tarmac, his least favourite surface. Sordo determined to win was involved in rally long battle with Belgian Thierry Neuville and Finn Jarri-Matti Latvala. It all went down to the final stage, Sordo held a slim lead, but held on to win his first ever WRC event. It also meant that the only Team to win ADAC Rallye Deutschland since its inception to the WRC in 2002, where the Citroën World Rally Team. Meeke competed in Australia filling in for Sordo. Hirvonen had another consistent rally, but losing dropping from 2nd to 3rd on the final stage due to a puncture. Meeke yet again showed strong pace only to destroy his Citroën DS3 WRC after rolling down a steep bank. Rallye de France-Alsace would be the final rally of Sébastien Loeb's WRC career. The rally would see many different leaders and a rally long battle between, Loeb, Sordo, Ogier, Latvala and Neuville. Loeb's final rally ended disappointingly when he rolled the car into trees on the final morning. Sordo caim close to another win but missed out to Ogier. The next round in Catalonia would yet again see Sordo challenging for victory but broke the front left suspension on his car. Hirvonen managed to finish 3rd on the event. On the final event of the season Wales Rally GB, 2014 WRC2 champion and ex-F1 racer Robert Kubica made his WRC car debut. He rolled during the Hafren stage on Friday morning, and subsequently rolled again on the Dyfi stage Saturday morning. Mikko Hirvonen had a massive accident on the Myherin stage, which destroyed the car, luckily he and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen were uninjured. Sordo had a disappointing final rally for the Citroën Team finishing 7th after a time penalty early on in the event.

2014 season[edit]

Norwegian driver Mads Østberg, Kris Meeke from Northern Ireland, and Khalid Al Qassimi from UAE, will be competing for Citroën racing in the upcoming season. They will be driving the DS3 WRC.[5]

WRC results[edit]

JWRC[edit]

Year Entrant Car No Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 JWRC Points
2001 Citroën Sport Citroën Saxo Kit Car 53 France Sébastien Loeb ESP
1
GRE
1
1st 50
Citroën Saxo VTS S1600 FIN
1
ITA FRA
1
GBR
1
55 United Kingdom Niall McShea ESP GRE FIN
Ret
ITA
4
FRA
4
GBR
2
3rd 12
2002 Citroën Sport Citroën Saxo S1600 56 Finland Jussi Välimäki MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
GRE
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
9
GBR
5
15th 2
62 Finland Janne Tuohino MON
Ret
ESP
5
GRE
1
GER
Ret
ITA
10
GBR
4
3rd 15
65 Spain Dani Solà MON
Ret
ESP
1
GRE
4
GER
1
ITA
3
GBR
1
1st 37
70 Germany Sven Haaf MON
Ret
ESP
13
GRE GER
Ret
ITA GBR - 0
2003 Citroën Sport Citroën Saxo S1600 66 France Sébastien Ceccone MON
Ret
TUR
Ret
GRE FIN ITA ESP GBR - 0
2004 Citroën Total Citroën Saxo S1600 40 France Guerlain Chicherit MON
Ret
GRE
Ret
TUR
4
FIN
Ret
GBR
Ret
ITA
Ret
ESP
Ret
12th 5
2005 Kronos Racing Citroën C2 S1600 35 United Kingdom Kris Meeke MON
1
MEX ITA
3
GRE
6
FIN
7
GER
2
FRA
8
ESP
7
3rd 32
41 Spain Dani Sordo MON
4
MEX ITA
1
GRE
Ret
FIN
1
GER
1
FRA
2
ESP
1
1st 53
2006 PH Sport Citroën C2 S1600 32 United Kingdom Kris Meeke SWE ESP
3
FRA
Ret
ARG ITA GER
1
FIN
Ret
TUR
5
GBR
Ret
7th 20
42 France Julien Pressac SWE ESP
Ret
FRA
4
ARG ITA
7
GER
4
FIN
4
TUR
7
GBR 8th 19
55 France Brice Tirabassi SWE ESP
9
FRA
1
ARG ITA
Ret
GER
Ret
FIN TUR GBR 14th 11
2007 PH Sport Citroën C2 S1600 33 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach NOR POR
10
ITA
Ret
FIN
4
GER
3
ESP
5
FRA
8
8th 16
2008 Equipe de France FFSA Citroën C2 S1600 42 France Sébastien Ogier MEX
1
JOR
1
ITA
5
FIN GER
1
ESP
Ret
FRA
2
1st 42

WRC[edit]

Year Entrant Car No Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points WMC Points
2001 Automobiles Citroën Citroën Xsara WRC 14 France Philippe Bugalski MON SWE POR ESP
8
ARG CYP GRC
6
KEN FIN NZL ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
AUS GBR 22nd 1 - -
15 Spain Jesús Puras MON SWE POR ESP
Ret
ARG CYP ITA
Ret
FRA
1
AUS GBR 11th 10
Sweden Thomas Rådström GRC
Ret
KEN FIN NZL 15th* 6*
20 France Sébastien Loeb MON SWE POR ESP ARG CYP GRC KEN FIN NZL ITA
2
FRA AUS GBR 14th 6
2002 Automobiles Citroën Citroën Xsara WRC 20 Sweden Thomas Rådström MON
Ret
SWE
37
FRA ESP
Ret
CYP ARG GRE
8
KEN
3
FIN
Ret
NZL AUS GBR
Ret
12th 4 - -
Spain Jesús Puras GER
Ret
ITA
6
19th 1
21 France Sébastien Loeb MON
2
SWE
17
FRA ESP
Ret
CYP ARG GRE
7
KEN
5
FIN
10
GER
1
ITA NZL AUS
7
GBR
Ret
10th 18
22 France Philippe Bugalski MON
Ret
SWE FRA
4
ESP
3
CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
NZL AUS GBR 11th 7
25 Spain Jesús Puras MON SWE FRA ESP
12
CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN NZL AUS GBR 19th 1
2003 Citroën Total WRT Citroën Xsara WRC 17 United Kingdom Colin McRae MON
2
SWE
5
TUR
4
NZL
Ret
ARG
Ret
GRC
8
CYP
4
GER
4
FIN
Ret
AUS
4
ITA
6
FRA
5
ESP
9
GBR
4
7th 45 1st 160
18 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
7
TUR
Ret
NZL
4
ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
CYP
3
GER
1
FIN
5
AUS
2
ITA
1
FRA
13
ESP
2
GBR
2
2nd 71
19 Spain Carlos Sainz MON
3
SWE
9
TUR
1
NZL
12
ARG
2
GRC
2
CYP
5
GER
6
FIN
4
AUS
5
ITA
4
FRA
2
ESP
7
GBR
Ret
3rd 63
20 France Philippe Bugalski MON SWE TUR NZL ARG GRC CYP GER
Ret
FIN AUS ITA
8
FRA
9
ESP
10
GBR 23rd 1
2004 Citroën Total WRT Citroën Xsara WRC 3 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
1
MEX
Ret
NZL
4
CYP
1
GRE
2
TUR
1
ARG
2
FIN
4
GER
1
JPN
2
GBR
2
ITA
2
FRA
2
ESP
Ret
AUS
1
1st 118 1st 194
4 Spain Carlos Sainz MON
Ret
SWE
5
MEX
3
NZL
6
CYP
3
GRC
19
TUR
4
ARG
1
FIN
3
GER
3
JPN
5
GBR
4
ITA
3
FRA
3
ESP
3
AUS
DNS
4th 73
2005 Citroën Total WRT Citroën Xsara WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
Ret
MEX
4
NZL
1
ITA
1
CYP
1
TUR
1
GRE
1
ARG
1
FIN
2
GER
1
GBR
3
JPN
2
FRA
1
ESP
1
AUS
Ret
1st 127 1st 188
2 Belgium François Duval MON
Ret
SWE
12
MEX
Ret
NZL
4
ITA
11
CYP
Ret
ARG
7
FIN
8
GER
2
GBR
2
JPN
4
FRA
Ret
ESP
2
AUS
1
6th 47
Spain Carlos Sainz TUR
4
GRC
3
13th 11
2007 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
2
NOR
14
MEX
1
POR
1
ARG
1
ITA
Ret
GRE
2
FIN
3
GER
1
NZL
2
ESP
1
FRA
1
JPN
Ret
IRE
1
GBR
3
1st 116 2nd 183
2 Spain Daniel Sordo MON
2
SWE
12
NOR
25
MEX
4
POR
3
ARG
6
ITA
3
GRE
24
FIN
Ret
GER
Ret
NZL
6
ESP
2
FRA
3
JPN
2
IRE
2
GBR
5
4th 65
2008 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
Ret
MEX
1
ARG
1
JOR
10
ITA
1
GRE
1
TUR
3
FIN
1
GER
1
NZL
1
ESP
1
FRA
1
JPN
3
GBR
1
1st 122 1st 191
2 Spain Daniel Sordo MON
11
SWE
6
MEX
16
ARG
3
JOR
2
ITA
5
GRE
5
TUR
4
FIN
4
GER
2
NZL
2
ESP
2
FRA
Ret
JPN
DSQ
GBR
3
3rd 65
2009 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb IRE
1
NOR
1
CYP
1
POR
1
ARG
1
ITA
4
GRE
Ret
POL
7
FIN
2
AUS
2
ESP
1
GBR
1
1st 93 1st 167
2 Spain Daniel Sordo IRE
2
NOR
5
CYP
4
POR
3
ARG
2
ITA
22
GRE
11
POL
2
FIN
4
AUS
3
ESP
2
GBR
3
3rd 64
2010 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb SWE
2
MEX
1
JOR
1
TUR
1
NZL
3
POR
2
BUL
1
FIN
3
GER
1
JPN
5
FRA
1
ESP
1
GBR
1
1st 276 1st 456
2 Spain Daniel Sordo SWE
4
MEX
14
JOR
4
TUR
Ret
NZL
5
POR
3
BUL
2
GER
2
FRA
2
ESP
3
5th 150
France Sébastien Ogier FIN
2
JPN
1
GBR
Ret
4th 167
2011 Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
2
JOR
3
ITA
1
ARG
1
GRE
2
FIN
1
GER
2
AUS
10
FRA
Ret
ESP
1
GBR
Ret
1st 222 1st 403
2 France Sébastien Ogier SWE
4
MEX
Ret
POR
1
JOR
1
ITA
4
ARG
3
GRE
1
FIN
3
GER
1
AUS
11
FRA
1
ESP
Ret
GBR
11
3rd 196
2012 Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
Ret
ARG
1
GRE
1
NZL
1
FIN
1
GER
1
GBR
2
FRA
1
ITA
Ret
ESP
1
1st 270 1st 453
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen MON
4
SWE
2
MEX
2
POR
DSQ
ARG
2
GRE
2
NZL
2
FIN
2
GER
3
GBR
5
FRA
3
ITA
1
ESP
3
2nd 213
2013 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën DS3 WRC 1 France Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
2
MEX POR ARG
1
GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA
Ret
ESP GBR 8th 68 2nd 280
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen MON
4
SWE
17
MEX
2
POR
2
ARG
6
GRE
8
ITA
Ret
FIN
4
GER
3
AUS
3
FRA
6
ESP
3
GBR
Ret
4th 126
3 Spain Daniel Sordo MON SWE MEX
4
POR
12
ARG GRE
2
ITA
4
FIN
5
GER
1
FRA ESP
Ret
GBR
7
5th 123
United Kingdom Kris Meeke AUS
Ret
- 0
Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team 10 Spain Daniel Sordo MON
3
ARG
9
FRA
2
5th 123 6th 63
United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi SWE
Ret
POR
9
GRE
Ret
ITA
10
GER
11
AUS
9
ESP
11
21st 5
Australia Chris Atkinson MEX
6
16th 8
United Kingdom Kris Meeke FIN
Ret
- 0
Poland Robert Kubica GBR
Ret
13th 18
14 Spain Daniel Sordo SWE
Ret
5th 123
2014* Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Citroën DS3 WRC 3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke MON
3
SWE
10
MEX
Ret
POR
Ret
ARG
3
ITA
18
POL
7
FIN
3
GER
Ret
AUS
4
FRA
3
ESP GBR 6th 82 2nd 175
4 Norway Mads Østberg MON
4
SWE
3
MEX
9
POR
3
ARG
Ret
ITA
2
POL
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
6
AUS
16
FRA
7
ESP GBR 7th 80
12 United Arab Emirates Khalid Al-Qassimi MON SWE
16
MEX POR ARG ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR - 0 - 0

* Season in progress.

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