Citroën C4 WRC

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Sébastien Loeb - 2008 Rally Catalunya.jpg
Category World Rally Car
Constructor Citroën Racing
Predecessor Citroën Xsara WRC
Successor Citroën DS3 WRC
Technical specifications[1]
Length 4,274 mm (168.3 in)
Width 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Axle track 1,598 mm (62.9 in)
Wheelbase 2,608 mm (102.7 in)
Engine 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in)
Weight 1,230 kg (2,711.7 lb)
Competition history (WRC)
Debut Monaco 2007 Monte Carlo Rally
First win Monaco 2007 Monte Carlo Rally
Last win United Kingdom 2010 Wales Rally GB
WinsPodiums
3687
Constructors' Championships 3 (2008, 2009, 2010)
Drivers' Championships 4 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

The Citroën C4 WRC is a World Rally Car built for the Citroën World Rally Team by Citroën Racing to compete in the World Rally Championship. It is based upon the Citroën C4 road car and replaced the Citroën Xsara WRC. The car was introduced for the 2007 World Rally Championship season and has taken the drivers' title each year since in the hands of Sébastien Loeb, as well as the manufacturers' title in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The C4 WRC and Loeb maintained a 100% record on asphalt events during its WRC career, winning all 13 pure asphalt rounds of the World Rally Championship.[2]

Competition history[edit]

2007[edit]

The car made its debut at the 2007 Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of Citroën World Rally Team drivers Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Sordo. Loeb won the rally after leading throughout, with Sordo finishing as runner-up, with the pair winning the first nine of 15 stages. Loeb went on to win seven of the remaining 15 rallies that season to beat Ford's Marcus Grönholm to the title by nine points. Sordo finished fourth in the standings.

2008[edit]

Citroën retained Loeb and Sordo in their team for 2008, with Loeb winning 11 out of 15 rallies to take the title, while Sordo finished third in the standings. This was enough for Citroën to regain the manufacturers' crown.

C4 WRCs were also run by privateer squad PH-Sport for Conrad Rautenbach and Urmo Aava during the season, as well as for Junior World Rally Championship winner Sébastien Ogier at the final event of the season, Rally GB. Ogier lead the event early on despite it being his first in a WRC car.

2009[edit]

In 2009, Loeb and Sordo once again drove for the factory squad, with Loeb winning the first five events of the year and then winning the final two to beat Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen to the title by just one point. Sordo finished a solid third as Citroën retained the manufacturers' title.

PH-Sport ran a second team of C4 WRCs under the Citroën Junior Team banner for Rautenbach and Ogier, with Evgeny Novikov, Chris Atkinson and Aaron Burkart also appearing under the banner during the year. Petter Solberg ran an old Xsara WRC for his own team for most of the season, before switching to a C4 WRC for the penulitmate round, and was then entered under the Junior Team banner for the final round of the season.

2010[edit]

Loeb and Sordo continued with the factory team into 2010, while the Junior Team ran Ogier and Kimi Räikkönen. Ogier, though, had a strong start to the season (including a win in Portugal) and so was swapped with Sordo for gravel rounds in the second half of the season. Ogier then won the 2010 Rally Japan as a factory driver.

Petter Solberg drove a C4 WRC for his own team and picked up eight podiums over the season, finishing third in the final standings, behind of work's drivers Ogier and Sordo.

WRC victories[edit]

No. Event Season Driver Co-driver
1 Monaco 2007 Monte Carlo Rally 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
2 Mexico 2007 Rally Mexico 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
3 Portugal 2007 Rally de Portugal 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
4 Argentina 2007 Rally Argentina 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
5 Germany 2007 Rallye Deutschland 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
6 Spain 2007 Rally Catalunya 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
7 France 2007 Tour de Corse 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
8 Republic of Ireland 2007 Rally Ireland 2007 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
9 Monaco 2008 Monte Carlo Rally 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
10 Mexico 2008 Rally Mexico 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
11 Argentina 2008 Rally Argentina 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
12 Italy 2008 Rally d'Italia Sardegna 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
13 Greece 2008 Acropolis Rally 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
14 Finland 2008 Rally Finland 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
15 Germany 2008 Rallye Deutschland 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
16 New Zealand 2008 Rally New Zealand 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
17 Spain 2008 Rally Catalunya 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
18 France 2008 Tour de Corse 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
19 United Kingdom 2008 Wales Rally GB 2008 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
20 Republic of Ireland 2009 Rally Ireland 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
21 Norway 2009 Rally Norway 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
22 Cyprus 2009 Cyprus Rally 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
23 Portugal 2009 Rally de Portugal 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
24 Argentina 2009 Rally Argentina 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
25 Spain 2009 Rally Catalunya 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
26 United Kingdom 2009 Rally GB 2009 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
27 Mexico 2010 Rally Mexico 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
28 Jordan 2010 Jordan Rally 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
29 Turkey 2010 Rally of Turkey 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
30 Portugal 2010 Rally de Portugal 2010 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
31 Bulgaria 2010 Rally Bulgaria 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
32 Germany 2010 Rallye Deutschland 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
33 Japan 2010 Rally Japan 2010 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
34 France 2010 Rallye de France 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
35 Spain 2010 Rally Catalunya 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
36 United Kingdom 2010 Wales Rally GB 2010 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://juwra.com/citroen_c4_wrc.html
  2. ^ David, Evans (25 October 2010). "Loeb praises C4's asphalt record". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
Awards
Preceded by
Ford Focus WRC
Autosport Awards
Rally Car of the Year

2008–2010
Succeeded by
Mini John Cooper Works WRC