Overview of the FIA WRC
The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) was created in 1973. It was the second world championship to be created by the International Automobile Federation, FIA, following the Formula 1.
WRC cars are derived from production vehicles, like the DS 3 WRC, and are driven by the best drivers, able to take on tough and varied terrain around the world.
The WRC adventure will journey to 15 countries in 2014 and be run on all types of terrain, from snow-covered forest roads to rocky mountain passes.
How does a WRC rally work?
The main difference between the races in the World Rally Championship is the type of terrain. Depending on the country, events are organised on gravel, asphalt or snow.
Apart from this difference, each rally is organised in the same fashion, as follows:
– Tuesday and Wednesday: the first two days are dedicated to “reccies” and give the teams time to draw up their notes and assess the route.
– Thursday: the “shakedown”, a session of tests in real-life conditions before the race begins.
– Friday, Saturday and Sunday: the race itself, with a succession of 15 to 25 specials pitting the drivers against one another.
A “special” refers to a segment of the route (closed to traffic) that the drivers complete one by one in as fast a time as possible. Drivers are timed to a tenth of a second.
To help the driver, the co-driver reads his notes, drawn up during the reccies, in particular informing the driver of route conditions.
Between the specials and when heading to the assistance park, the cars in competition use roads open to traffic and as such have to respect the highway code.
Access to the assistance park is strictly regulated (times, mechanic assistance times, etc.). If repairs or adjustments to the vehicles are required outside the assistance park, only drivers and co-drivers are authorised to carry them out, and may only use equipment stored on board their vehicle.
The DS 3 WRC
The design of the DS 3 WRC was begun in autumn 2009. To start development as early as possible, a laboratory vehicle was built at the end of the year. Fitted with the previous 2,000-cm3 turbo in a “deboosted” version”, the car enabled engineers to work on the transmission.
Following test bench trials in April 2010, the 1.6 direct-injection turbo engine was fit on the first DS 3 WRC. The first “complete” DS 3 WRC took to the tarmac on 23 July at the Satory track, located near the Citroën Racing plant in Versailles.
Kris Meeke (GB)
Born on 2 July 1979 in Dungannon (United Kingdom)
Codriver: Paul Nagle
2000: First rally
2002: First WRC rally
2005: Third in the J-WRC championship
2009: IRC champion
2014: Joined Citroën Racing
Mads Ostberg (NO)
Born on 11 October 1987 in Fredrikstad (Norway)
Codriver: Jonas Andersson
2004: First rally
2006: First WRC rally
2011: First WRC podium finish
2012: First WRC rally win
2014: Joined Citroën Racing
Sheikh Khalid bin Faisal bin Sultan Al Qassimi
Born on 18 February 1972 in Abu Dhabi
Codriver: Chris Patterson
2002: First rally
2004: First WRC rally
2004: Middle East Rally Champion
2009: Scored first point in the WRC
2013: Joined Citroën Racing