Another monster shows its face – 2017 Citroën C3 WRC

I’ll say it again; every time I think about Citroën Racing coming back to the World Rally Championship next year, with a new car, I get this warm feeling. Is it love? They are the giants of our sport, champions and conquerors and we are right to expect only the best from them when they do come back. This year, Citroën is focusing on development and preparation for the 2017 campaign, which will, as you surely know, see the competing teams switch to next-generation WRC machines, meaning more power, more efficiency and hopefully more excitement. Until now we did not see much in terms of new cars, but we have seen enough to keep us entertained and wanting. Volkswagen leads the way so far – Polo has clocked plenty of miles in its 2017 guise, and few days ago we also got this lovely artwork, showing the possible design of the next year’s car.

Today, however, we can enjoy first photographs of the new C3 WRC, dressed in pink (or is it red?) camo and happily kicking up dust and dirt. If I understood correctly, and photos seem to confirm it, Kris Meeke was behind the wheel for this particular test. I hope he is fully committed and dedicated to this project – this could be the biggest chance for Kris so far, a chance to try and build a car around his driving style, at least to some extent.

In other Citroën related news, the team has confirmed two further outings this year, Portugal and Poland. Three cars will run in Portugal; Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Khalid Al-Qassimi/Chris Patterson. For Poland, Citroën will prepare a two-crew attack, consisting of Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Craig Breen/Scott Martin.