A supreme test of all-round ability as the WRC's only mixed surface event, Rally de España will see four crews showcase the qualities of the C3 R5: Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau, the brand's official representatives will be joined by Ole Christian Veiby – Stig Rune Skjaermoen and Simone Tempestini – Sergiu Itu, along with newcomers Pepe Lopez – Borja Rozada.

Designed to be competitive on all surfaces, the C3 R5 has the opportunity in Spain to demonstrate its versatility and capabilities on both gravel and tarmac. Indeed, Rally de Catalunya is the only mixed surface event of the season, with the opening leg contested on gravel whilst the following two days are held on tarmac. It is therefore two rallies in one, meaning that the car – and driver – have to be fast on both surfaces and the mechanics must be perfectly trained and focused in order to completely change the configuration of the car within the time allowed on Friday evening. Day one is contested on technical gravel roads, where punctures can be easily picked up and grip levels are low, whilst the rest of the rally is held on smooth, wide tarmac roads where calling precise pace notes – like "short", "long", "opens" or "tightens", become vitally important. However, Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau have already shown that they have plenty of know-how when it comes to mixed surface events, having finished sixth overall here last year. On this, their fourth appearance at the rally, the C3 R5's luxury ambassadors are determined to round off their season in style. In his second rally with the C3 R5, Ole Christian Veiby also comes into this round with lofty ambitions on the back of the lessons learned from Wales Rally GB and his recent test session on tarmac. Simone Tempestini, who is now very familiar with Citroën's new flagship model, and Pepe Lopez will also be feeling confident. Although this will be his first outing in the car, the speedy young Spaniard will undoubtedly be buoyed by competing at his home round. He may also be aided by the fact that the itinerary for this year, which sees the return of the opening super special stage in Barcelona, is largely unchanged, even though a few stages will be contested in the opposite direction to recent years. One such stage is La Fatarella – Vilalba, formerly known as Terra Alta, which also features an extra ten or so kilometres.



Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal

"In combining two surfaces that we have competed on separately up to now, this event represents another significant challenge for the C3 R5 but we are determined to show that we are constantly improving. It's also the first time that we'll have four cars competing at an event! The car is a growing commercial success and that also encourages us to keep working hard."

Stéphane Lefebvre

"I really like this rally and the fact that it is a mixed surface event. You have to be good at both parts, which are very different. First of all on very technical gravel roads, and then on the sweeping, circuit-style tarmac roads where you really need to be very accurate in your lines. We have a couple of test days before the start, one on each surface, so we'll be starting the rally determined to finish our WRC2 campaign in style."

Number of appearances at the event: 3

Best result: 6th (2017)




8.00am: Shakedown – Salou (2.00km)

1.15pm: Start (Salou)

6.08pm: SS1 – Barcelona (3.20km)

8.08pm: Parc ferme (PortAventura)



8.00am: Service A (PortAventura – 15 mins)

9.33am: SS2 – Gandesa 1 (7.00km)

10.06am: SS3 – Pesells 1 (26.59km)

11.20am: SS4 – La Fatarella – Vilalba 1 (38.85km)

1.35pm: Service B (PortAventura – 30 mins)

3.23pm: SS5 – Gandesa 2 (7.00km)

3.56pm: SS6 – Pesells 2 (26.59km)

5.10pm: SS7 – La Fatarella – Vilalba 2 (38.85km)

7.20pm: Flexi Service C (PortAventura – 1 hr 15 mins)



6.45am: Service D (PortAventura – 15 mins)

8.23am: SS8 – Savallà 1 (14.12km)

9.08am: SS9 – Querol 1 (21.26km)

10.08am: SS10 – El Montmell 1 (24.40km)

11.43am: Service E (PortAventura – 30 mins)

1.28pm: SS11 – Savallà 2 (14.12km)

2.10pm: SS12 – Querol 2 (21.26km)

3.08pm: SS13 – El Montmell 2 (24.40km)

5.00pm: SS14 – Salou (2.24km)

5.30pm: Flexi Service F (PortAventura – 45 mins)



6.45am: Service G (PortAventura – 15 mins)

7.35am: SS15 – Riudecanyes 1 (16.35km)

8.38am: SS16 – Santa Marina 1 (14.50km)

9.45am: Service H (PortAventura – 30 mins)

10.50am: SS17 – Riudecanyes 2 (16.35km)

12.18pm: SS18 – Santa Marina 2 Power Stage (14.50km)

1.41pm: Service I (PortAventura – 10 mins)

2.01pm: Podium (Salou)