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Loeb agrees new Citroen deal

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 22:05

WRC championship leader Sebastian Loeb
WRC championship leader Sebastian Loeb

Multiple World Rally champion Sebastian Loeb has reached an agreement to remain with Citroen for another two years.

The move puts an end to speculation the 37-year-old Frenchman, winner of the last seven titles and current championship leader, could retire at the end of the season.

Loeb said: "With the arrival of other manufacturers in the championship, the competition is going to get tougher in the years to come.

"All the more so with the rule changes concerning the starting order coming in in 2012 as all the drivers will be fighting on a level playing field.

"To take the fight to them I'm putting my trust in Citroen, a team I know inside out and the DS3 WRC, the car that I helped [develop] with Citroen Racing."

Loeb joined Citroen in 2001, winning his first rally the following year and claiming his maiden title in 2004.

Citroen general manager Frederic Banzet said: "Sebastien Loeb is a great ambassador for the make.

"Today, his image and ours are intimately linked.

"We're proud of his loyalty to Citroen and of the fact that he's continuing with his career with the team that's supported him since his debut."

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