Loeb and Citroen to make WTCC bid in 2014
Citroen has announced that it will contest the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) from 2014 with none other than the legendary Sebastien Loeb behind the wheel.
After first mentioning that it was considering taking part in the FIA WTCC at the opening of last year’s Paris Motor Show, Citroen can now confirm it will be joining the championship in 2014. Holder of five Cross Country Rally World Cups and eight World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ titles, Citroen will be entering an international track racing championship for the first time.
Citroen Racing’s entry into the world of track racing will coincide with the introduction of a new generation of WTCC cars, which are more spectacular than the current crop. “Competing in a category for the first time, starting from scratch, gives our division a superb challenge,” confirmed Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal. “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-litre direct injection turbo engine. Work has already begun in our Versailles technical centre and is set to be stepped up in the coming weeks, with the first tests of our car and the start of our development programme to prepare for the 2014 season. Obviously, 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.”
Citroën Racing will be taking part in the entire 2014 FIA WTCC season. Obviously, the name of the first driver is already familiar: after winning nine World Rally Championship Drivers’ titles in a Xsara, C4 and DS3 WRC, Sébastien Loeb has made no secret of his enthusiasm about tackling this challenge with his favourite team: “First of all, I am 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 have 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 one day.”