► Citroën DS3 WRC in Argentina - Sébastien Loeb
Since the start of the season the Citroën DS3 WRCs have won all four
rallies run on gravel. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, victorious in
Mexico and Italy, and Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, winners in
Portugal and Jordan, have shared Citroën's successes. The Citroën Total
World Rally Team's aim is to continue this winning streak in Argentina, an
event in which the French team has always excelled.
Rally Argentina is the first of two events run in the southern hemisphere
and returns to the WRC calendar after a year's absence. Villa Carlos Paz is
still the nerve centre of the event and the entrants will rediscover the
famous Traslasierra, Punilla and Calamuchita valleys. A new super special
has been laid out in Villa Carlos Paz. It will be the theatre of the start,
which will take place on Thursday afternoon. In addition, long asphalt
sections will be scattered along the mainly gravel route.
"A test session was held this week to validate the behaviour of the car on
asphalt," explains Sébastien Loeb. With a twenty-kilometre section on
Friday and another fourteen kilometres on Saturday to be covered twice,
almost 20% of the rally will be on tarmac. "As the asphalt sections are in
the very heart of the gravel sectors, we can't play on the setups. We'll
have to adapt our driving style to get the best out of them. And the
crucial factor will be good tyre wear management."
Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena lead the overall drivers' classification
and they're aiming for another victory in Argentina: "Our results are the
fruit of the whole team's work. It's a good sign to see that the Citroën
DS3 WRCs seem to have a slight advantage on gravel, but the gaps are tiny
at the end of each rally. We'll have to be quick right from the start, and
go pedal to the metal till the end, there's no question of letting up."
Sébastien Ogier's only outing in Argentina was in 2009 so he has limited
experience in this rally: "We're coming here with much greater ambitions
than two years ago. The route's fantastic and very varied. You have to have
very accurate notes as certain passages are very narrow with big stones on
the edge of the line like Mina Clavero and El Condor. Others are more sandy
but bumpy as always."
"Of course, we're aiming for the best possible result," Ogier, who is
currently lying third in the championship chase, adds. "We're going try and
score good points and close the gap to the leaders."
Three questions to Sébastien Loeb
Looking back on the first five rallies of the season, the score card reads
two victories and the lead in the world championship so everything seems to
be going pretty well...
"This season will be hotly contested right till the very end. All the
rallies are very closely fought. In Sardinia, we won by around ten seconds
from Mikko Hirvonen. The gap between Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti
Latvala in Jordan was only two-tenths of a second! It's hard to predict how
things are going to pan out in the coming months. It's good to be in the
lead, but it's early days yet. There are many victory contenders. But I
have to say I don't think about this very much when I'm behind the steering
wheel, I just try to do my best."
After your performance in Rally Italy, do you think that sweeping is still
as important as ever this year?
"Maybe the gaps are not as big at the same speeds. I think I was a bit
lucky in Sardinia. It went much better than we expected before the start.
You're still penalized by sweeping when you're first out on the road. If
you have the choice it's better to start behind."
You've won the last five Argentinean rallies. Is it one of the events on
the calendar you particularly look forward to?
"It's got an ambience unlike any other. The Argentinean spectators are mad
about rallying. They're very warm, very demonstrative and really
participate in the event. There are people everywhere, from the hotel to
the summits of the stages. We've got a good record in this rally, which I
can't really explain. The route's very varied. Some stages alternate
technical portions and quicker ones. Maybe I've just been a bit more
successful than my rivals over the past few years. For sure, I feel good
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The Citroën DS4 is the second model in the new premium (luxury vehicle)
sub-brand DS created by Citroën to run alongside its mainstream cars.
Based upon the Citroën C4 II, but with more dramatic styling and chrome
and leather used outside and inside respectively.
The petrol engines that power the DS4 are a product of a collaboration
between PSA and BMW. All are 1,598 cc four-cylinder, 16-valve units. The
base VTi 120 is normally aspirated and puts out 120 PS (88 kW). As its name
implies it comes with variable valve timing. The next engine up is the THP
155, essentially a turbo-charged version
of the VTi. It puts out 156 PS (115 kW) thanks to a twin-scroll turbocharger and dual overhead cams. It is mated
to a 6-speed manual transmission. The most powerful gas engine available in
the DS4 is the THP 200. It's a variation of the THP 155 previously
mentioned but pushed to 200 PS (147 kW).
On the diesel side of things the DS4 has two engines available. The first
is the HDi 110, a 1,560 cc four-cylinder that puts out 112 PS (82 kW). The
second is the four-cylinder HDi 160 that has already proven itself in the
Citroën C5 sedan. It has a displacement of 1,997 cc and puts out 163 PS
The DS4 is available with Start&Stop technology and Citroën says that the
battery has been optimized to withstand up to 600,000 starting cycles.
The DS4's styling has been very well received by the international press.
It was elected "Most Beautiful Car of the Year" at the International
Automobile Festival, beating BMW's new 5-series and Honda's CRZ hybrid. As
if that wasn't enough, German magazine Auto Bild and its partner magazines
throughout Europe have just given it 1st Prize for Design in its category
in their Design Award contest.
The EuroNCAP organization (Europe's rough equivalent to the U.S.'s IIHS)
gave the DS4 a 97%, a score which equates to a five-star rating. The
Peugeot 508 got a 97% as well.
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