Thursday | 11 Nov 2021

Camilli eyes WRC2 title tilt in 2022

Eric Camilli has set his sights on a WRC2 title bid in 2022 as the next step in his return to the FIA World Rally Championship’s top tier.

Camilli, who drove the 2016 season in a factory Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car, has spent this year competing mainly in the Tarmac championship in his native France.

After tackling early-season WRC2 rounds in Monte-Carlo and Portugal, he returned last month in Spain to clinch a 20sec victory in a Citroën C3 Rally2 over Teemu Suninen.

The Frenchman’s last significant WRC programme was in 2019, when he contested five rounds in three different cars. Most recently he has worked with Citroën Racing and while he has already started negotiations with the Versailles-based team, he’s ready to widen his net in search of the best possible programme next year.

“Spain showed that I still have the speed,” he said. “I took a lot of seat time doing the French championship this year and that helped when I stepped back to the WRC in Spain. The last couple of seasons have been tough ones.

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“The 2020 [season] started well with ninth place and fastest Rally2 in Monte Carlo, but then everything changed with the pandemic and I did only one more event in 2020. Spain helped me show people I’m still here. Now I want to move forwards from that.

“I believe WRC2 will be really competitive next season. Just look at the names competing there now with people like Andreas [Mikkelsen] and Mads [Østberg].

“If I can get five rallies next year then that could be the base for a really good season. The important thing is for me to take at least five rallies which are really competitive – places like Portugal and Sardinia, where you know all of the competition will be there and a win will be really worth a lot.

Camilli returned to WRC action with victory in Spain

“Of course, I’m talking with Citroën for next season, but nobody has the budget finally decided yet, so we need to keep working.”

Having worked on Toyota Motorsport’s early development of a Yaris WRC in Cologne and with M-Sport, Volkswagen Motorsport and Citroën Racing on Rally2 cars, Camilli feels he has a lot to offer in terms of competition and development.

“I have done a lot of work with a lot of teams,” he said, “and I know I have more I can do. My aim is to get back to the top class in the world championship. I know this is tough, I know a lot of other drivers want the same, but I know I’m capable of it with good experience now.”

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