Citroen Racing have confirmed, that 9 times World Rally Champion and rally super star, Sebastien Loeb will make his expected return to the WRC. Albeit for just three rounds of the 2018 Season.
It’s been speculated for some time, that the frenchman will rejoin Citroen, after they struggled for consistent success in the first season of the new era of WRC and came last in the 2017 manufactures championship, despite taking a year out to develop the new Citroen C3 WRC car. Although they did manage to win two rallies with Kris Meeke at the wheel in Rally Spain and in Mexico. Where Meeke had everyone on the edge of their seat after crashing into a car park near the finish line, still managing to finish the rally in first place.
Sebastien Loeb will make his first appearance of 2018 on the 3 round of the season in rally Mexico. Then taking on the tarmac rounds of Corsica and the mixed surface event in Spain. Joining the team’s full time driver Kris Meeke. Craig Breen will contest most of the season, only sitting out three events to make way for Loeb. Khalid Al-Qassimi will also contest selected events in a third car.
“Everyone was pleased after the test sessions done this year – myself first and foremost – and these three appearances were the next logical step,” said Loeb, on Autosport.com
“The feeling you get in rallying is one of the most thrilling feelings I have ever experienced, and I was excited about driving one of these new WRCs [competitively]. And it’s nice to be able to do it in the team with which I have enjoyed so much success.”
Loeb will also be competing in the full season of the FIA World RallyCross Championship once again – As well as the Dakar Rally with Peugeot.
The frenchman will have a busy schedule in 2018, but it will be great to have one of the greatest Rally drivers of all time, returning back to the WRC. Bringing great promotion, commercial value to both the WRC and Citroen brand. Along with what will hopefully be, some great results.
The 2018 WRC season will kick off in Monte Carlo on the 25th – 28th of January.