If Napoleon was right that "an army marches on its stomach", then Citroen Sport should have an exciting advantage over its rivals in the World Rally Championship in 2003 as it employs the skills of Bivouac Team Services – the only 1-star Michelin rated on-site caterers in the competition.
Already, the Citroen Sport team has sampled the culinary delights such as fresh water shrimps, scallops, lamb fillet, tagliatelle and baked alaska during seven events in this year’s calendar. Always first in line at meal times are the Citroen Sport team mechanics – the un-sung heroes who keep the cars running at peak performance – who get to eat before the drivers and team managers.
Still, surely it’s all a bit over-the-top, n’est-ce-pas? Not at all, according to Citroen Sport Director, Guy Fréquelin : "When you compete around the world, the health and spirit of your team are essential. Fresh, healthy food, produced by highly trained chefs using ingredients from reliable sources eliminates the risk of sickness and ensures the mechanics too are ‘firing on all cylinders’ throughout each WRC event."
In fact, news that the Citroen Sport team has a new mouth-watering menu every day has spread to individuals from rival teams and reporters too, who now, strangely, seem to find themselves on the Citroen crew at meal times!
So was it the food or the talent of the Citroen Sport team and its drivers which has helped it achieve four podium places in just seven events during 2002, including an outright win at the Deutschland Rally last month? Well, all eyes will be on the newcomers as they challenge for the World Rally Championship title, competing in all events in the WRC calendar in 2003.Published 9 September 2002