The 10th round of the 2007 World Rally Championship kicked off in typically mixed ADAC Rallye Deutschland weather. Crews were greeted by overcast skies, wind, rain… and even a few rays of sunshine; all the traditional ingredients of this difficult event! Citroën C4 WRC crews Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí both took part in the usual pre-start test.
Dani was the first of the two drivers to cover the stage and he returned to the Citroën service area with a broad smile on his face. "It’s good to be back on asphalt," beamed the Spaniard. "That said, the stage was littered with grass and dirt which made grip very difficult to find. Even so, it was a good way to start the weekend because it offered a good mix of what is to come. The biggest difference was that we only covered a few kilometres on our BFGoodrich tyres this morning, whereas we will have to contest several stages on the same rubber from tomorrow. Tyre choices aren’t easy here either, and we have to take decisions some hours before certain stages are due to start."
Citroën Sport’s technical staff made a few detail changes to the set-up of both C4 WRCs with a view to optimising their potential and also to ensure that the drivers feel as confident as possible. The mood was upbeat at the end of the four-hour session. "Every year, I come here knowing it won’t be an easy rally," said Sébastien Loeb, "but this morning’s shakedown suggests that we have the means to challenge for victory."
Dani Sordo also completed the session pleased with his morning’s work: "We have found our marks on asphalt again and we also took time to fine-tune the set-up of our C4. Our objective here in Germany is clear: we will be out to finish ahead of our rivals."
The two Citroën C4 WRCs topped the morning’s timesheets, with Sébastien finishing the day slightly clear of Dani.
After this evening’s ceremonial start which begins at 8pm in front of Trier’s celebrated Porta Nigra monument, the first leg starts on Friday morning from 9.30am.