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Citroen WRT announces 2011 driver line-up

Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier with Citroen Racing in 2011 Sebastien Loeb will again compete in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship with Citroen Racing for which he has driven since 2001. The team has also renewed its confidence in...

Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier with Citroen Racing in 2011

Sebastien Loeb will again compete in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship with Citroen Racing for which he has driven since 2001. The team has also renewed its confidence in Sebastien Ogier for the next three seasons.

The 2011 FIA World Rally Championship will mark a turning point in the history of the sport with the arrival of the new generation 4-wheel-drive 1600 cc turbo-powered cars. Having won five Manufacturers' World Championship titles since 2003, Citroen has decided to stack all the odds in its favour by entering Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

Olivier Quesnel: (Citroen Racing Team Principal): "Obviously, it's a double dose of satisfaction for Citroen Racing. Not content to have the greatest set of results in the history of rallying, Sebastien Loeb is still as hungry as ever for more victories and titles. His experience, his race intelligence, and his capacity to get 100% out his cars, will be all the more crucial as we'll have a new car next season. Citroen Racing has been preparing for the future with Sebastien Ogier for some time now. This is why we wanted to sign a contract with him for the next three seasons. Dani Sordo is still part of our plans for next year, but we have to finalise our budgets before announcing the full programme."

Sebastien Loeb: "My contract with Citroen allowed me to stop at the end of this year. But my motivation and my will to win are still as strong as ever! The 2011 season will be my eleventh in the works Citroen colours. I think that the world championship will be a very interesting one, as the arrival of a new generation of cars will reshuffle the cards among the manufacturers. Of course, it's no secret that we're already working flat out on the new Citroen DS3, and I can't wait to see where it stands in relation to its rivals. In the meantime, winning my seventh consecutive world title is my main objective."

Sebastien Ogier: "I'd like to thank Citroen for renewing its confidence in me, and what's more, for three seasons! I made my world championship debut with this team, and I've always said that my priority was to stay with them. I'm thrilled at the idea of driving the new generation World Rally Cars, and of defending the colours of the make at the topmost level. Like Sebastien, I'm fully concentrated on the end of this season starting with the Finnish Rally, where I'll be part of the Citroen Total World Rally Team for the first time!"

-source: citroen

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Series WRC
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Sébastien Ogier , Olivier Quesnel
Teams Citroën World Rally Team