The French Sebastien Loeb, nine times world rally champion, will return to the World Rally Championship in 2018 with the Monegasque Daniel Elena as co-pilot.
Loeb, who won his nine titles in a row between 2004 and 2012, will be at the wheel of a Citroën C3 WRC of Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally in three dates of the championship: Mexico, from March 8 to 11; Corsica, from April 5 to 8; Y Spain, from October 25 to 28.
“The feeling of being in a rally is one of the most exciting I have ever experienced and I am excited to drive one of those new cars in a race. It's good to be able to do it in a team where I've enjoyed so many successes "commented the French.
Loeb, who among his victories includes eight in Spain, six in Mexico and four in Corsica, acknowledged that "Everyone is satisfied with the test tests done this year" and that those three quotes "They are the next logical step."
“I am very happy to see that the sensational story between Sébastien Loeb and Citroën continues: he could not return to the WRC in any colors other than ours. In the tests carried out, he has shown that he has not lost anything from his driving, although he will lack kilometers and know some of the specials in the face of increasingly tough competition ”, said Yves matton, Director of Citroën Racing.
For the 2018 WRC season, the double Chevron team will have the Irishman Chris Meeke as a spearhead since it will be on all calendar dates. His compatriot Craig Breen will drive the second Citroën C3 WRC in ten rounds; while the arab Khalid al qassimi he will climb to a third unit in some races.