Citroën and nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb were both honoured at the annual AUTOSPORT Awards, which took place on Sunday night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Citroën Racing collected the award for Best Rally Car with the championship-winning DS3 WRC; victory at the world’s most respected motorsport awards marked the seventh time that Citroën has won the accolade in ten years, further consolidating its position as the most successful WRC manufacturer in recent history.
Proving its might on all terrains, from the frozen lakes of Finland to the dusty mountains of Greece, the DS3 WRC’s success ensured that 2012 was another near-perfect year for the Citroën Total World Rally Team. The squad won eleven rallies with the DS3 WRC, amassing a total of 20 podium finishes in the 2012 season, which saw Sébastien Loeb clinch a record-breaking ninth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title.
Sébastien Loeb – who signed off from full time rallying in style, taking victory at Rally Espana in November having wrapped up his ninth WRC title at Rally de France Alsace – was recognised for his outstanding achievements in motorsport, collecting the Gregor Grant Award. The Frenchman joins an exclusive list of motor racing legends, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, Dario Franchitti and fellow countryman, Alain Prost. Loeb, who will contest a partial WRC season with Citroën in 2013, also picked up the award for International Rally Driver of the Year.