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Loeb, Citroen to take on WTCC

2013-08-27 14:07

TAKING ON THE WTCC: Citroen's Sebastien Loeb will take on the 2014 WTCC. Loeb said he used 2013 "to improve my track-driving skills". Image: Citroen

Citroen and veteran driver Sebastien Loeb have set their sights on track racing and will take on the World Touring Car championship in 2014.

Citroen’s entry into the world of track racing will coincide with the introduction of its new generation of cars which are, according to the automaker “more spectacular than its current crop".

‘STILL COMMITTED TO RALLYING’


Yves Matton, Citroen Racing team principal, said: “Competing in a category for the first time, starting from scratch, gives our division a superb challenge. Having said that, we will be able to re-use a large part of our existing expertise, starting with the DS3 WRC’s 1.6 direct injection turbo engine.

"Work has already begun in our Versailles technical centre and is to be stepped up in coming weeks with the first tests of our car and the start of our development programme to prepare for the 2014 season. We’re still committed to rallying and we’ll continue to work hard to try and get the best possible result in 2013.

"Our partnership with Abu Dhabi is set to be reinforced, enabling us to continue to be involved in WRC with a new system and with new objectives.”

‘NOW WIN RIGHT AWAY’


Loeb said: “First, I'm pleased that this has been confirmed. It’s a bit of a dream to think that we are going to write a new chapter in our history. I can’t wait to get out on track in the car and start testing. I've used this transitional year to try out various experiences and to improve my track-driving skills.

"I don’t expect to win right away, but I am determined to get there one day.”

Earlier in 2013, Wheels24 reported on Loeb conquering the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. Loeb blitzed his way to a record time of 8min13.878. The veteran, behind the wheel of his 652kW Peugeot 208 T16, smashed the hill-climb record of 9min46.164 and became the first driver to complete the course in less than nine minutes.

Video: Loeb smashes Pikes Peak record


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