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Circuit move for Rally champ Loeb

2013-06-26 08:42

LONDON, England - Citroen and its nine-times World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will race in the 2014 World Touring Car championship.

The French automaker said Loeb was not contesting the World Rally title in 2013, opting instead for a limited programme of events, and was eager to return to full-time racing.

Loeb said: "It's a bit of a dream to think 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 straight away but I am determined to get there."

'STILL COMMITTED TO RALLYING'

Citroen CEO Frederic Banzet said involvement in Touring Cars would help to develop its brand in promising markets such as China, Russia and South America. The automaker will continue to compete in the World Rallly championship.

Citroen Racing chief Yves Matton explained: "Obviously we're still committed to rallying and we'll continue to work hard to try to 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."

Matton added that Citroen would be able to use much of its existing expertise on the Touring Cars project as well as the DS3 WRC car's 1.6 direct-injection turbo engine.