Sebastien Loeb Racing retains Bennani, could expand to three cars

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

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Series WTCC
Drivers Mehdi Bennani
Teams Sébastien Loeb Racing
Article type Breaking news