Friday, 20 November 2015
Citroën has won an incredible fifteen world titles over the last twenty-two years, between 1993 and 2015: five in the Cross Country Rally World Cup, eight in the WRC and two in the WTCC.
The brand’s success in the motor sport industry has become a key component in developing Citroën’s new brand image, while contributing to the growth of the company.
“We have always been interested in the 2017 WRC regulations and the entire team is extremely motivated by this new challenge,” commented Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal.
“We’re excited by this new level of freedom to make the cars more spectacular, but also the possibility of reusing development work done on the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC’s engine.
With a view to managing our resources efficiently, we have decided to focus all our efforts on designing and developing our new World Rally Car. This is why Citroën will not be competing in the 2016 World Rally Championship as a works team.
We will obviously be keeping a close eye on the WRC, both with the organisation of the FIA Junior WRC and with the WRC2 programme for Quentin Gilbert, this year’s JWRC Champion*.”
“I’m proud to have taken part in building what is currently the best team in the FIA WTCC. I’m also honoured to have been chosen to continue competing on behalf of Citroën,” added Yvan Muller.
“We have to adjust to the new shape of the team, but we can count on the talent and experience of the team to maintain the same level of excellence.”
|5 world titles|
i.e. 86% of races
|4 Dakar Rally wins|
1991, 1994, 1995 and 1996
|8 world titles|
2003-2005 and 2008-2012
|38 consecutive podiums (record)|
Mexico 2008 – GB 2010
|29 one-two finishes|
|78 wins for Sébastien Loeb (record)||9 world titles|
for Loeb/Elena (2004-2012)
|2 world titles|
i.e. 80% of races
|21 pole positions|
i.e. 91% of meetings