Sebastien Loeb Racing has confirmed it will continue its FIA World Touring Car Championship programme, running up to three cars next year, with a Citroen C-Elysee already assigned to Mehdi Bennani.
The team ran a car for Bennani last year and operated Ma Qing Hua's factory Citroen entry.
With the French manufacturer reducing its programme to two cars in 2016, a three-car expansion for SLR would bring the count of C-Elysees on the grid back to five.
“Knowing that I am going to continue driving for Sebastien Loeb Racing before the season finale is excellent news, and shows I have full trust from the team,” said first official signing Bennani.
“I thank all the people who made it possible for me to reach such a level, having such a strong support from the Moroccan people as well as His Majesty Mohammed IV is an immense honour, but also a huge responsibility.”
Bennani sets his aims high for the future: "I have been the first driver from the Arabian world to race in the WTCC. I hope I will be the first to bring a world title home in this discipline. We work with that goal in mind.”
An announcement regarding SLR's full programme for 2016 is due in the coming weeks.
Pietro Casillo / TouringCarTimes