Citroen WRC boss Matton quits to join FIA

Former Citroen Racing team principal Yves Matton has been confirmed as the FIA’s new rally director.

Citroen WRC boss Matton quits to join FIA
Yves Matton of Citroen
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën C3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Yves Matton talks to Henry Hope-Frost on the Autosport Stage
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën C3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
The Citroen WRC team, including Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Yves Matton

Matton takes over from Jarmo Mahonen at the head of the governing body’s rally department, while his job at Citroen will be taken by Pierre Budar – who had been running PSA Motorsport’s customer racing department.

Budar takes over as Citroen Racing director from Monday, with Matton expected to step into his new job at the start of next month.

As Motorsport.com revealed last week, Matton spent last Monday in discussions with the FIA before moving on to talk about his possible exit from Citroen the following day.

Matton, who had run Citroen since Olivier Quesnel’s departure at the end of 2011, admitted that the FIA rally director role was of interest.

Budar told Motorsport.com: “You could call this the dream job for me. I was a driver when I started my career, but I graduated as an engineer and had to chose between the two – I am very happy to be where I am now!

“We have seen last year – when the Citroen C3 WRC won rallies – we don’t have a bad car and we have the tools to build this team.

"Let’s see what is possible, we will go rally-by-rally this year, but we have a very good team and we all know very good drivers.”

Citroen has scaled back to two full-time entries this year for Kris Meeke and Craig Breen - who will be replaced by Sebastien Loeb for three events - but will run a third car in Sweden for Mads Ostberg.

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