WRC »

Wales Rally GB: Chardonnet secures WRC2 drive

Sebastien Chardonnet earns the chance to compete in WRC2 in 2014 after wrapping up the Citroen Top Driver title in Wales
WRC3 title-winner Sebastien Chardonnet will make the step up to WRC2 for the 2014 season after wrapping up the Citroen Top Driver title on Wales Rally GB.

The French driver led the way in the Citroen Top Driver standings going into the season finale in the Welsh forests with Keith Cronin the only person who stood a mathematical chance of beating him to the crown.

When Cronin went off the road on day two, Chardonnet only need to make it to the finish in order to take the prize and he duly took second behind Quentin Gilbert.

As such, the 25-year-old has now earned the right to use a Citroen DS3 R5 in WRC2 next year.

“It's fantastic!” he said. “It's really a dream come true, winning this competition. The DS3 R3 has been reliable and quick on all surfaces, and our team has done a great job.

“This result is down to our shared fighting spirit and determination. We now have a magnificent opportunity, and the goal will be the same in 2014.”

Marek Nawarecki, Customer Racing Manager for Citroen Racing, said he was proud of the way in which the inaugural season of the Top Driver competition had panned out.

“This season has been absorbing and highly entertaining thanks to the high quality of the field entered in the Citroen Top Driver,” he said. “The final outcome shows that Sebastien Chardonnet and Thibault de la Haye have real talent. Their performance is impressive. After claiming the WRC3 world championship, they have now won the Top Driver title.

“Quentin Gilbert and Renaud Jamoul have had a superb end to their year and showed their potential for the coming seasons. Keith Cronin and Marshall Clark lost out on the final round, but they have nothing to be ashamed about. We are proud of our crews and we can't wait to see them back in next year's WRC to tackle another challenge.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sebastien Chardonnet - Citroen DS3 R5 [Pic credit: Andre Lavadin]
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.