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Seventh heaven for PH Sport

Seventh heaven for PH Sport

Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen won the ACI Rally Monza to score their fourth WRC2 success of the season and wrap up their maiden World Championship title, the seventh for PH Sport since the beginning of the millennium.

Already victorious in Monte-Carlo, Sweden and Estonia, the Norwegian crew and their Citroën C3 R5 overcame the pitfalls of the FIA World Rally Championship season-finale to clinch the extremely coveted crown.

Included for the first time in the calendar, the ACI Rally Monza offered an unprecedented challenge with its winter weather, its stages on the famous “Temple of Speed” circuit and its access roads. Third at the end of a muddy first stage, the duo took the lead in the snowy mountain tests on Saturday before controlling the proceedings until the finish.

With four wins and a fourth place in five starts this year, Mads Østberg and Torstein Eriksen made history by becoming WRC2 World Champions by four points ahead of Pontus Tidemand, crowned in the category in 2017.

The Norwegian pair also added a line to the PH Sport record in WRC, opened by the Sébastien Loeb and its Citroën Saxo S1600 in the 2001 Junior WRC season. A year later, Daniel Solà followed suit with the same model before Sébastien Ogier revealed himself to the world in 2008 with a Citroën C2 S1600. In 2013, PH Sport won the inaugural WRC2 campaign with Robert Kubica and his DS 3 RRC before Stéphane Lefebvre and the team achieved the Junior WRC / WRC3 double with a DS3 R3 the following year.

All the PH Sport team would like to thank Mads Østberg, Torstein Eriksen and Citroën Racing for their cooperation during a year to remember for many reasons!

Mads Østberg, 2020 WRC2 World Champion
“What an unbelievable feeling! I am really happy, especially as it was such a difficult weekend, with so many ups and downs all through the year. We were very much the underdogs in the championship but we won through persistence and thanks to the excellent development work done on the C3 R5. The whole team, both at Citroën Racing and PH Sport, did an amazing job throughout the season to get to where we are now!”

Bernard Piallat, PH Sport Director
“Obviously, I’m delighted with the result, especially as it was far from being a foregone conclusion. This is PH Sport’s sixth world title in a Citroën, with Mads’ win adding to those of Sébastien Loeb in 2001, Dani Sola in 2002, Sébastien Ogier in 2008, Robert Kubica in 2013, Stéphane Lefebvre in 2014. The team, as usual, did an extraordinary job throughout the season and the upgrades introduced by Citroën Racing also paid off. Everything worked well. This weekend was no different, with good weather information provided by Météo France and excellent work done by the ice crews, in very tricky conditions.”

317: the winning number!

317: the winning number!

If you visit us, you will be able to admire in our showroom a DS 3 WRC with a very special layout, created for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena on the occasion of the Rallye de France – Alsace 2013. This car, whose chassis carries serial number 317 is nothing less than the most successful in the history of the World Rally Championship!

This chassis was built for the start of the 2012 season. Devoted to Sébastien Loeb, it won all the races of this inaugural season: Monte-Carlo, Mexico, Acropolis, Germany, Alsace and Spain.

In 2013, Sébastien Loeb also took the wheel of the DS 3 WRC # 317, winning his last two WRC events in Monte Carlo and Argentina. Then Dani Sordo took over, winning his only success so far in Germany!

At the Rallye de France, Sébastien Loeb was back at the wheel of this iconic car, but his race stopped on Sunday morning, when he went off.

The 317 chassis made its comeback at Monte 2014, allowing Kris Meeke to get on the podium. In 2015, it is also with this car that the Brit won his first WRC victory, Rally Argentina!

The #317 DS 3 WRC was still in the game in 2016, with an eleventh victory won by Meeke in Portugal. It came out the little door in Britain, with Craig Breen rolling…

Since then, the car has been rebuilt in PH Sport’s workshops and has now joined some other collection models.

In total, the #317 DS 3 WRC participated in 32 World Championship rallies. Its eleven wins (34.4%) make him the most victorious car in the history of the WRC! It has retired only four times and has five more podiums and eighty SS wins.

A Citroën C3 WRC for hire from PH Sport

A Citroën C3 WRC for hire from PH Sport

PH Sport expands its range of rally cars for hire for the 2018 World Rally Championship with the addition of a Citroën C3 WRC.

The latest generation World Rally Cars introduced at the start of the 2017 season have resulted in the production of the quickest rally cars ever seen. Among the four models homologated, the Citroën C3 WRC demonstrated its performance and its polyvalence on all types of terrain with two victories in Mexico and Spain and second place in Germany.

PH Sport has been a privileged partner of Citroën Racing for many years and it is offering a Citroën C3 WRC for hire for the rounds of the WRC in 2018. This offer is, however, reserved for seasoned drivers who have the sporting and technical expertise necessary to exploit the potential and performance level of the car.

Bernard Piallat, PH Sport director: “We’re very proud to have been chosen by Citroën Racing to offer a C3 WRC for hire. It’s not just any old car and it’s logical that the Citroën C3 WRC on offer is reserved for drivers with enough experience to get the best out of it. We’re delighted to invest ourselves in an ambitious sporting project as we did in the past with Sebastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Stéphane Lefebvre.”

With the DS 3 R3-MAX, la DS 3 R5, la DS 3 WRC and now the Citroën C3 WRC, PH Sport offers the whole Citroën Racing range for hire. From regional rallies to the world championship, the tuning company based in Langres (Haute-Marne) provides a turnkey service for its clients as well as a bespoke range of services for cost-capped budgets.