The championship leader in limbo

What next for Camilli after star Monte performance?

Eric Camilli

Since his stint in M-Sport’s World Rally Car line-up ended, Eric Camilli has become one of the most sought-after R5 drivers – and he leads the WRC3 championship after winning the class on the Monte Carlo Rally.

He didn’t just top the secondary R5 division either, he finished ahead of all the WRC2 entrants as he took best R5 honours in ninth overall.

But it’s not yet clear whether this will be the start of a WRC3 title tilt for Camilli, as right now Monte is his only confirmed outing in the Sainteloc-run Citroën.

“For the moment I’m still free but Citroën offered me this race so I hope to continue,” Camilli told DirtFish.

Asked if even the plan for his next rally was set, Camilli replied: “not for the moment. But I have some opportunities I think.”

For sure, I am here for that so now I will continue to push Eric Camilli on a WRC3 title bid

After dropping out of M-Sport’s top-class line-up, Camilli was retained by the team for its R5 program with the Fiesta.

He then got a call-up from Volkswagen to get involved with its new R5 project, and used a Polo of his own for much of 2019.

Citroën recruited him to its R5 effort late last year, resulting in a WRC2 class win in Spain and then the Monte success.

Asked if he was hoping to turn that into a proper WRC3 title challenge, Camilli replied: “For sure, I am here for that so now I will continue to push.

“Let’s see which opportunity we can get for the season.”

Oliver Solberg announced earlier this week that he will be embarking on a Skoda-supported WRC3 program this year.

WRC3 entries for the next round in Sweden include World Rallycross champion turned touring car racer Johan Kristoffersson and Hyundai young gun Jari Huttunen.