Citroen Junior Team boss Benoit Nogier says he is keen to see Evgeny Novikov, Conrad Rautenbach and Sebastien Ogier all pick up finishes from the latest round of the World Rally Championship this weekend in Greece.
Novikov secured a fine fifth place last time out in Sardinia, but his fellow Junior drivers both failed to make it to the finish after running into problems in the Italian event.
While praising his young Russian charger for his Sardinian result, Nogier admitted that he was now keen to try and bring home a trio of finishes in Greece – stating that the team 'has to do better'.
“Since Ireland, the success we've been looking for has eluded us,” he said. “We can now add a fifth place for Evgeny and Dale to the one that we scored at the beginning of the season with Chris Atkinson and Stéphane Prévot. It's a just reward for all the hard work we have put in and for the potential that Evgeny has demonstrated since the start of the year. I hope now that there are even better times ahead for him.
“Our guiding principle is still to be at the end of all the rallies. In Greece, just as is the case everywhere else, we need to finish. We're going to take each day as it comes and try to make more progress in order to gain experience. In Sardinia, we had just one car at the finish. In Greece, we need to do better.”
Novikov himself admitted he had been buoyed by his best ever WRC result in Italy and was keen to try and impress again in the heat of the Acropolis.
“The result in Sardinia was a huge source of satisfaction for us,” he said. “This year, our aim is simply to learn, whilst at the same time demonstrating that we are capable of putting in some good performances. In Greece, I want to stick with the same sort of pace. The rally will once more be an extremely tricky one, with temperatures that are likely to exceed 50°C in the cockpit.”