Paris - Record
nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb will return for three
races with former team Citroen next year, the French constructor
confirmed on Wednesday.
Loeb, who walked away from the sport after his last title in 2012,
will take part in rallies in Mexico (March 8-11), Corsica (April 5-8)
and Catalonia (October 25-28).
It is the third time the 43-year-old has come back for a brief WRC
stint, after competing in four events in the 2013 campaign as well as in
the 2015 season opener in Monte Carlo.
"The feeling you get in rally is one of the most thrilling feelings
I've ever experienced, and I was excited about driving one of these new
(cars) in a race," Loeb said in a statement.
"It's nice to be able to do it in the team with which I’ve enjoyed so
much success. I don’t have any expectations, I just want to enjoy
The Frenchman, who holds the record with 78 rally wins, was invited
to test Citroen's C3 car in August and September with a view to an
"Everyone was pleased after the test sessions done this year, myself
first and foremost, and these three appearances were the logical next
step," Loeb added.
Loeb will also take part in January's Dakar Rally with Peugeot - he
finished second in the 2017 edition - as well as the World Rallycross
Citroen announced that Britain's Kris Meeke, seventh in last year's
championship, will be a full-time driver in 2018, while Craig Breen will
start all but the three rallies featuring Loeb.