McRae: Citroen can compete on gravel

Citroen's Colin McRae believes his Xsara WRC can be competitive on the first gravel rally of the 2003 WRC season, the inaugural Rally of Turkey, which takes place this weekend

McRae: Citroen can compete on gravel

Citroen leads the manufacturers' championship after the Monte Carlo and Swedish events but Turkey, which is making its debut in the WRC, should be a different challenge.

"The more I get to know the car, the more I have been able to fine-tune the settings," said McRae of his car's gravel abilities. "I think the Xsara will be competitive. We will be fast in Turkey, but we will have to wait and see where we stand in comparison to our rivals."

He added: "I've never been to Turkey before. This will be my first visit. Before a new rally, or a new stage, I tend not to take any notice of what people say about them. In my experience, the descriptions you hear rarely resemble reality."

The rally kicks off with a Super Special in Antalya on Thursday before heading to the mountains to the west of host town of Kemer for the event proper. Stay tuned to autosport.com for live rally timings and regular updates on what is happening on the stages.

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