BACK TO TARMAC FOR THE C3 R5 | Media Citroen Racing



The C3 R5’s upcoming trip to Germany will see the car return to tarmac, a surface on which it achieved its first ever WRC2 podium finish in a Corsican baptism of fire back in April. Official Citroën Racing representatives Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau will be joined by reigning French champions Yoann Bonato and Benjamin Boulloud, as well as Simone Tempestini and Sergiu Itu, winners of the Citroën Ultimate Challenge 2017.

The C3 R5 has made a promising start to its career on tarmac. Since its début in early April, it can boast one WRC2 podium finish (2nd in Corsica), as well as a scratch win in the fiercely competitive French Rally Championship (Rallye Lyon-Charbonnières-Rhône). The team can therefore legitimately harbour high hopes as the World Championship returns to the surface in Germany, a venue where the C3 R5’s illustrious predecessors (Xsara, C4 and DS3 WRC) notched up no fewer than twelve special-stage victories (11 of them in the WRC). To follow in their footsteps, however, the new car will have to get to grips with timed stages running through the vineyards of the Mosel Valley on day 1, which will require incredibly precise driving and notes, before doing battle with the famous Baumholder military base on the Saturday. There, on concrete roads customarily used by tanks, savvy tyre management will be the order of the day in what is the longest stage of the rally (150.12 km, 8 special stages). The competitors may also have to contend with the unstable weather conditions often encountered at this time of year. However, a two-day practice session on similar roads in Alsace will have helped the team optimise their setup. Having taken part in three of the last four rallies here, Citroën Racing’s official driver Stéphane Lefebvre and his navigator Gabin Moreau know what lies in store, as do Yoann Bonato and Benjamin Boulloud, whose return to WRC2 following their second-place finish in Corsica will be their third consecutive appearance in these parts. These two crews of tarmac specialists will be joined by a third C3 R5 manned by Simone Tempestini and Sergiu Itu, the first of whom claimed victory here on his way to winning the JWRC title in 2016.



Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal

“In Germany, the C3 R5 will have to contend with a completely different type of tarmac than in Corsica. It is almost like three rallies in one, with the vineyards on the first day, the concrete roads of the military base on the Saturday, and other special stages running through the fields. It looks set to be another big challenge, but Stéphane and Yoann, in particular, have already proved they are comfortable in these conditions, and have the potential to do well.”

Stéphane Lefebvre

“It might seem strange, given my accident in 2016, but this rally is one of my absolute favourites. I won here in the JWRC in 2014 and got off to a good start in the WRC here in 2015. I like the variety of the course. As ever, we are up against plenty of stiff competition, but I firmly believe we can get a good result. I will be certainly be giving my all to make that happen.”

Number of appearances at the event: 3

Best result: 10th (2015)




8.00am: Shakedown St. Wendel (5,52 km)

2.45pm: Start (Bostalsee)

7.08pm: SS 1 – Super Special Stage St. Wendel (2,04 km)

7.48pm: Parc fermé



9.00am: Service A (Bostalsee – 15 min)

10.11am: SS 2 – Stein und Wein 1 (19,44 km)

11.05am: SS 3 – Mittelmosel 1 (22,00 km)

12.53pm: SS 4 – Wadern-Weiskirchen 1 (9,27 km)

2.13pm: Service B (Bostalsee – 30 min)

3.39pm: SS 5 – Stein und Wein 2 (19,44 km)

4.33pm: SS 6 – Mittelmosel 2 (22,00 km)

6.21pm: SS 7 – Wadern-Weiskirchen 2 (9,27 km)

7.21pm: Flexi service C (Bostalsee – 48 min)



7.35am: Service D (Bostalsee – 15 min)

8.48am: SS 8 – Arena Panzerplatte 1 (9,43 km)

9.15am: SS 9 – Panzerplatte 1 (38,57 km)

11.03am: SS 10 – Freisen 1 (14,78 km)

12.06pm: SS 11 – Römerstrasse 1 (12,28 km)

1.40pm: Service E (Bostalsee – 30 min)

3.08pm: SS 12 – Arena Panzerplatte 2 (9,43 km)

3.35pm: SS 13 – Panzerplatte 2 (38,57 km)

5.23pm: SS 14 – Freisen 2 (14,78 km)

6.26pm: SS 15 – Römerstrasse 2 (12,28 km)

7.40pm: Flexi service F (Bostalsee – 48 min)



6.20am: Service G (Bostalsee – 15 min)

7.49am: SS 16 – Grafschaft 1 (29,07 km)

9.42am: ES 17 – Grafschaft 2 (29,07 km)

12.18pm: SS 18 – Bosenberg Power Stage (14,04 km)

1.00pm: Podium