Mon 10 Jan 2022

Rossel gets green light for WRC2 campaign

Reigning WRC3 world champion Yohan Rossel has confirmed a full WRC2 programme this season with PH Sport.

After wrapping up the WRC3 title at FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza last November, Rossel immediately began planning an upgrade to the WRC’s premier support category. 

The Frenchman will campaign a familiar Citroën C3 Rally2 with support from PH Sport and Citroën Racing as he prepares to face the likes of 2021 WRC2 winner Andreas Mikkelsen, Nikolay Gryazin and Chris Ingram. 

“It’s great news,” said Rossel of his championship programme. “I waited after Monza and I am so happy to continue in the WRC with Citroën and the C3 Rally2. It’s good for me.

“I think the level of competition this year will be so high - maybe even the most I have seen in two years. 

“I don’t know what will happen with the results, but I know the C3 very well. I will focus my attention rally by rally and we will see where we will be,” he added. 

Switching his attention to next week’s season opener at Rallye Monte-Carlo (20 - 23 January), the 26-year-old admitted it would be a new challenge for all. 

For the first time since 2006, the first round will be based solely in Monaco. A host of new stages mean that 95% of the route is different to last year, although Rossel is feeling quietly confident about Thursday evening’s tests in the Alpes-Maritimes mountains.

“It’s a rally just next to my home,” he told, “but this year there are maybe just one or two stages similar to last year. 

“I know the [Col de] Turini very well because I drove it during Rallye Antibes in the French Championship, but honestly, most stages are completely different and I think for the competition it is just perfect.  

“Whether it will be dry or snowy, I don’t know - it’s Monte and the weather is always crazy. It’s a very hard rally and we need to focus, but I will work very hard on the onboards and we will see next week.”

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