WRC2 leader reveals season plans

Yohan Rossel has won both of the WRC2 events he's contested this year

Yohan Rossel

WRC2 championship leader Yohan Rossel has revealed where he will compete in a bid to lift this year’s title.

Driving an updated Citroën C3 Rally2 with a new engine and improved front aero, Rossel dominated last week’s Croatia Rally, and won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally too after he successfully appealed Nikolay Gryazin’s 4.5-second victory on grounds of corner cutting.

The Frenchman, who won the 2021 WRC3 title, will next appear on Rally Portugal in two weeks’ time before a run of European gravel events.

Asked about his next appearance, Rossel told DirtFish: “Portugal, Sardinia, and after I go to Estonia. But not in the championship, just for learning.

“And after that, Greece, I think the next Tarmac is Central [European Rally].”

Yohan Rossel

Rossel is in the minority in disclosing which events he plans to score points on. All of his main rivals – even Gus Greensmith who has shared that he will contest the entire season bar potentially Rally Japan – are keeping their cards close to their chests.

But Rossel, who tested the upgraded C3 on gravel for the first time this week, is sure he can be a title contender until the end of the season.

“The target is to play for the victory all the time,” he said.

“I think if you play for the podium all the time, you play for the win and after, if you finish the rally, you take a lot of points. You can’t win the championship after two wins.

“Of course I try to push but we will see, it’s just two rounds, I have five more after and we will see.

“[But] yeah it’s a perfect start. Thanks to all my team, they worked a lot after Monte, it’s not easy.”

Words:Luke Barry

Photos:Red Bull