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Citroen reaffirms its commitment to the World Rally Championship

December 19th, 2008
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Citroen has reaffirmed that it will defend its recently won Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ World Rally Championship titles in the 2009 season and that rallying remains a core activity for the French car maker, building the image of the company and demonstrating its technical competence.

“Citroen has entered in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship as planned with its two crews, Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Marti driving the Citroen C4 WRC,” says Olivier Quesnel, Citroen Sport Director.

"Of course we regret that other car makers have decided to withdraw from the competition, but we cannot comment their decisions. We are looking forward to another exciting season and we will try to renew our great results of 2008. Our goals remain the same, winning the World Rally Championship manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles,” he added.

Citroen has just completed another outstanding season. In addition to securing both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ world titles, Sébastien Loeb further extended his lead as the most successful rally driver of all time and broke his own record for the most wins within one season, which now stands at 11 rally wins. The season reached a fitting climax with Loeb winning the annual Race of Champions, beating drivers from Formula One, Touring Car and Sports Car racing.

Both Citroen and the organisers of the World Rally Championship have made changes for 2009 to cut costs and boost the excitement of the sport. Most significant for the event organisers is the cut in the number of rounds from 15 in 2008 to 12 in 2009, while Citroen is using this opportunity to pursue cost savings in its own operation, to ensure that the team is competitive in budget areas as it is on rally stages.

The 2009 World Rally Championship opens its season in Ireland on January 28, running through to 21 October in Wales, with new events for 2009 including a return to Australia in September and Poland in June.

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