DG Sport Compétition and Nicolas Ciamin fully determined to pull out all the stops in the 88th Rallye de Monte-Carlo


On the World Rally Championship front the kick-off is imminent! True to tradition it all starts off at the Principality of Monaco, with the 88th edition of the legendary Rallye de Monte-Carlo. It goes without saying that DG Sport Compétition will be on hand, entering a Citroën C3 R5 in the WRC3 (ex-WRC2) category for the young Frenchman Nicolas Ciamin and his co-driver Yannick Roche.

Highly tricky due to the traditionally complicated weather conditions, the Monte-Carlo demands meticulous preparation allowing to tackle the different scenarios which might arise between Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. During the previous weekend the team had set-up their trestles and stands at one or other pass in the region, where ice, snow and melting snow was present. Ideal to gain experience in ever changing conditions, but also in the dark …

The test programme was perfectly observed, and Nicolas was able to complete 170 kilometres on Saturday and a further 70 kilometres on Sunday, Alain Georges, Rally Manager at DG Sport Compétition commented. The adjustment process is following its course, with the feeling that the driver is increasingly becoming as one with the Citroën C3 R5, whose efficiency on this type of surface is genuine. The Monte-Carlo’s difficulty is to be able to anticipate the climatic conditions in the various stages, but we are ready.  After a final day of preparation, and while the teams are busy with the recces, we will be tackling the Shakedown on Wednesday at 16.00hrs at the Route de la Garde in Gap.”

For us this preparation with a view to the Monte-Carlo went well, in so much that we were able to evolve in different configurations, Nicolas Ciamin continued. But we will need to remain watchful, because in this event, anything is possible, and at this moment there is snow and ice on certain special stages. For Yannick and me the objective will above all be to reach the finish. We won’t be tacking on this 88th Monte-Carlo with a specific performance ‘target’ in a high-level category, but we are bearing in mind that if we see the finish podium on Sunday in the Principality, the ranking should be pretty good. The fact that for a major part the Shakedown will be held in the dark is a good thing, and will act as the perfect preparation for the first two special stages, traditionally held as from Thursday evening in tricky conditions …”

In fact, the World Rally Championship will truly kick-off this coming Thursday from 20.38hrs and 22.26hrs, with the timed sections of Malijai-Puimichel (17,47 km) and Bayons-Breziers (25,49 km). A sturdy appetiser which will be followed by twice three special stages on Friday, twice two special stages on Saturday and twice two special stages on Sunday …