Citroën’s spectacular aerodynamic updates which were used in testing for this week’s RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España are not expected to be used in competition until next season.
The French firm hasn’t homologated the new parts for use at this week’s mixed surface encounter and a spokesman from the Versailles-based team confirmed there would be no aero updates for the Salou event.
It was the same situation last time out in Britain when Citroën had new suspension options which it couldn’t utilise for homologation reasons.
Citroën has enjoyed comfortably more Spanish success than any other WRC team and the Parisians arrive on the Costa Daurada chasing a hat-trick for the C3 WRC following wins for Kris Meeke and Sébastien Loeb.
However, the car hasn’t looked at home on asphalt this season and this week’s rally spends two of its three days on Tarragona Tarmac.
At the last asphalt WRC encounter in Germany, seventh and eight places were the best Sébastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi could manage.
Ogier starts this week’s penultimate WRC round 28 points down on championship leader Ott Tänak. The Frenchman must outpace and outscore his Toyota rival to take the fight for a seventh straight championship to the Kennards Hire Rally Australia finale next month.