After the victory won last year in the constructors ' Championship, Citroën Italia is ready to tackle a new season in sports, and straight tip to the title in the Cir 2020 with the C3, R5, and a new team riders.
The house of the double chevron looks like this at the start of the Italian rally Championship, the 2020 entrusting his C3 R5 to the crew formed by Andrea Crugnola and Peter Elias ' little Man.
The official pilot tells what has been his experience up until today, the objectives of this new challenge, and the first sensations of driving the Citroën C3 R5.
"motorsport is part of my life forever," explains Andrea Crugnola – started racing at the age of 8 years on a mini-kart, and although on the track I got a lot of satisfaction, such as running with the official colors of the Maranello at the international level, my heart has always had a penchant for racing on the road.
has Surely been influenced by the great passion of my father who raced many years in the local races and made me experience the environment of the rally since early childhood.
Not surprisingly, as soon as you have received the license, I left the track to go to the Rally. My path was gradual: I started from the smaller categories, competing in the many trophies that have allowed me to grow and experience at an affordable cost.
A wealth of experience it is important to come thanks to the experience from a pilot officer on the Citroen DS3 R3T in Italy and experiences in the world rally championship. I had to wait 8 years to compete in my first race with a car from the absolute".
"my goal is to aim for the overall title – adds the official driver of Citroen Italia – I Am aware that it will not be easy because the value of my opponents, but with a package of team, car and tires to this level I have all the papers in rule in order to do well.
In the first contact with the car, even if the conditions were particularly difficult, I felt immediately at ease. The car, in fact, positively surprised me, especially for the good quality of the transmission and the engine is lively and responsive. I found it very smooth and easy to drive, but at the same time dynamic and energetic.
Good cornering, precise changes in direction, without ever losing grip. Now the work that awaits us is to find the right set-up to suit my driving style.
to be able To represent a Brand such as Citroen is a great honor for me. The responsibility to confirm the Manufacturers 'title and to report back to the team the drivers' title there is, but it should not represent a burden, quite the contrary!
have been chosen strengthens the awareness of the goodness of the work I have done in the last few seasons. I'm calm: I have everything to do well."
engineers at Citroën Racing are committed to constantly improve and keep high standards of reliability and performance of the C3 R5 so that the vehicle is always competitive to the maximum.
Without forgetting, as pointed out by Alessio and Scutari, director of marketing, Citroën Italy, that the rallies represent the optimal ground to develop and test the technology, which is then carried on the car, as happened, for example, for the suspension Progresse Hydraulic Cushions, which they then equipped the suv of success C5 Aircross. (m.r.)
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