After Rally Deutschland, the Tour de Corse was the second tarmac event on the Renault Sport Rally Team’s WRC 3 programme. Whilst the German event had been a frustrating experience, the French round of the World Rally Championship saw Michaël Burri and Anderson Levratti record their best result of the year, with fifth place in the category.
The Renault Sport Rally Team crew were in good form during the opening leg of the Tour de Corse, before claiming a top-five finish on Saturday on SS7, a performance they repeated on Sunday morning on the marathon 53.78 kilometre-long stage. After the Power Stage, Michaël Burri and Anderson Levratti could take satisfaction from finishing fifth, having negotiated a demanding course that had got the better of several drivers. Meanwhile, the Renault Sport Rally Team’s Clio R3T had no trajectory problems or reliabilities issues.
"We’re very pleased," commented Michaël Burri. "I didn’t think that we would have such good pace at the start but our recce and shakedown went well and that helped us. The car was perfect, incredibly reliable and that allowed me to drive with a bit more freedom. I really enjoyed the technical, twisty stages. We had a good race and kept our cool when the conditions were more difficult. There was a strong sense of togetherness that meant we could relax and work well as a team."
"We’re very pleased with the result of this rally," revealed Sylvain Alanore, Renault Sport Rally Team Manager. "I’m also pleased with Michaël’s approach to working with the team. He made a good start on an event that he is not familiar with, and didn’t crack when the conditions became changeable. It’s a good step forward from Germany, and we hope to keep improving in Spain. Clio R3T was also impeccable, with remarkable reliability thanks to the good work done on preparing the car, technically, for the rally."
After the Tour de Corse, Michaël Burri and Anderson Levratti will contest the fifth event on their WRC3 programme later this month at Rally de España, in Catalonia (13-16 October).