Loeb returns to Citroën for three rallies in 2018

Loeb-returns-to-Citroën-for-three-rallies-in-2018LONDON: Nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb will make a limited comeback next season by racing in three rounds of the world championship with Citroën, the French manufacturer said on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Frenchman, who last raced in the world championship as a one-off in 2015 after retiring from full-time involvement in 2012, will compete in Mexico, Corsica, and Catalonia.

“The feeling you get in rally is one of the most thrilling feelings I have ever experienced, and I was excited about driving one of these new WRCs in a race,” he said in a team statement.

“I don’t have any expectations, I just want to enjoy myself,” he added.

Northern Irishman Kris Meeke will contest the full 13-race season as Citroën’s lead driver while Ireland’s Craig Breen will enter 10 rounds.

Khalid Al Qassimi from the United Arab Emirates will appear in a third car at a handful of rallies due to other commitments, including the Dakar Rally in January. Loeb will also be taking part in the Dakar with Peugeot.