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The final event of 2013, in Britain, didn’t offer a reprieve to Citroen before the short winter between two rally seasons. While Sebastien Ogier won for the ninth time and Volkswagen signed off with a double, Dani Sordo produced the best result of a Citroen DS3, with a 7th place.

Focus on 2014 for Citroën

WRCgb2The facts
Ogier led from start to finish in north Wales, in the area of ​​Deeside, mostly on forest roads, including special stages only used fifteen years ago. The two Polo R of Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala built up nearly a one-minute margin after a third of the rally. Completing the podium gave Thierry Neuville the second place in the Drivers’ standings.

Citroën lined up its usual two drivers, Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo, and added Robert Kubica, the WRC2 champion who bids for a maker drive next season. The Pole, like the Finn, retired on Saturday following crashes. Sordo led his DS3 WRC to 7th place on an unfamiliar surface for the Spaniard.

The figure
2. – The number crashes Kubica endured in this event. One on Friday and one on Satuday. “a misunderstanding with one of the pace notes on a very fast corner” caused the second.

The quote
“The curtain falls on a pivotal season and we will now quickly turn our attention to 2014. There are many possible options as regards the drivers of our DS3 WRCs. We’ll take the time needed to finalise the discussions before announcing the line-up of our team for next season.” After quickly putting 2013 aside, Citroen team boss Yves Matton has yet to name his drivers for 2014.

The story
By winning a ninth victory (from 13 rallies) in 2013 Ogier equaled Sebastien Loeb’s record established in 2012. A part-time driver for Citroën this season, Loeb actively defended his record, denying Ogier wins in Monte Carlo and Argentina.

Next up
2013 season is over

12.02.2014